Black Lacquered Round Back Armchair

Shandong Province, C18th

Dimensions: W:56.5 D:45 H:92 (cm)
Reference: CH196


  • Description

    An armchair with energy; it’s embracing crest rail with oversized outstretched arms welcome the sitter and the eye focuses on the backsplat’s fortuitous carvings.

    This C18th chair follows classical Ming style, requiring complex carpentry to create such exquisite curvature.

    It is in remarkable condition with much of the original lacquer, crackled in parts, and protective metal braces. The rattan for the seat is new. Coming from Shandong, it was built with vernacular strength to withstand the harsh northern weather.

    It is a particularly good example of the chair that inspired Hans Wegner’s China Chair, which has been in production since the 1940’s, itself an icon of modern furniture.

    The curved backsplat tenons into the seat frame and crest rail and is thicker at the top for support. The rear stiles are rounded, curving elegantly forward at the top before being tenoned into the crest rail, then descending through the seat frame to become the back legs.

    This curvilinear form continues with the rounded front posts extending into the seat frame and becoming the front legs. Additional supporting posts are curved.

    The apron and spandrel are curvilinear, while the legs under the seat are rounded on the outside, echoing curves of the upper half, and squared on the inside to better hold tenoned stretchers and aprons.

  • Print

…signature feature is the beautiful continuous curvilinear crest rail…

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