Yokeback Armchairs with Slender Forms

Shanxi Province, C19th

Dimensions: W:57 D:44 H:117 (cm)
Reference: CH283


  • Description

    A remarkable pair of tall handsome elm yokeback armchairs that follow the more classical and minimalist Ming design.

    Elegant and ergonomic seating is formed by strong verticality, contrasting with the outstanding curvilinear crestrail, which mirrors the S shaped back splat, curved stiles and armrests. This contrasts deliberately with the almost square form beneath the seat, which is softened by the delicately cusped front apron.

    In C19th chairs it is usual for the meeting of crest rail and back splat to be flatter than in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) providing more of a headrest.

    The rounded back and front stiles continue through the seat panel to form legs that are rounded on the outside, while the inside remains square in order to accept the tenoned aprons and stretchers.

    The stretchers are at different heights, symbolically representing the early Ming pattern of stepping upward to signify the steps a scholar makes in his career.

    Traces of original lacquer remain, while the cane seat panel has been replaced. Carved fortuitous fish are visible on the back splat, probably added over time to cover repairs.

  • Print

…sensuous curvilinear form and wonderful patina…

  • Rare genuine antiques
  • Highly appreciated sympathetic restoration
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Restoration as Conservation of Antiques

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