Elegant Walnut Barrel Shaped Stools

Shanxi Province, early C20th

Dimensions: W:28-35 D:35 H:48 (cm)
Reference: ST344

£3,250 set of four

  • Description

    A set of four walnut barrel shaped drum stools of supremely elegant shape; perfect for extra seating in a drawing room while also doubling  as interesting occasional tables.

    Emerging well before the Song Dynasty (960-1279), this form of stool was used as portable outdoor seating within courtyard houses.

    For the literati aesthetics were as important as function. For the Chinese, architecture of the void was as important as the solid, of which these stools are an excellent example.

    Decorative features reflect great skills in design and carpentry. The heavy barrel form flows with energy, the body lightened by voids shaped by distinct curvilinear slats, which produce a visual design of great strength combined with pleasing lightness, openness and elegance.

    Both circular ends are carved to simulate in wood the construction of boss- headed nails of a vellum covered barrel drum.

    Remnants of original lacquer remain throughout the surfaces, enhancing the patina of the wonderful grain of the walnut wood.

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…architecture applied to seating…

  • Rare genuine antiques
  • Highly appreciated sympathetic restoration
  • International delivery available
  • Over many years I have found Sharon’s treasure trove of Chinese furniture a wonderful insight into China’s history and heritage. Each piece tells a story of bygone days and I only wish I had more space to accommodate even more items.

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  • I have a modern house and the clean lines of antique Chinese furniture suit it very well. The occasional red lacquer piece looks striking, such as a coffer I use as a sideboard in my dining area. I particularly love a pair of narrow, columnar walnut Gansu cabinets and I think they will enhance a contemporary walnut dining table I am awaiting delivery. I like the visual interest of old wood and mixing old and new adds character to a decor.

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We have a rigorous selection criteria that every late Qing Dysnasty (1644-1911) piece must meet: authenticity, rarity, originality, function and fine craftsmanship. The provenance varies but is mostly Shanxi Province, a region renowned for Qing furniture. We offer diversity, and styles range from classical to vernacular. Over the many years the true testimony of our selection process is that customers are more than satisfied, and are often repeat buyers, as pieces are consistently proven to enhance interiors.

Restoration as Conservation of Antiques

Dedicated singlemindedness in carefully and painstakingly restoring every single antique, simple or complex, has resulted in a sympathetic conservation of antiques, pleasingly meeting customers satisfaction. Our restorers have an understanding of the original craftsman’s skills such as joinery, lacquering, carving, painting and other age old carpentry ways. Each restoration is done by experienced and skilled craftsmen with great attention to detail. On completion each piece is a stand alone form, with presence, integrity and artistic personality.