Fine Asian Furniture & Art
Circa: Mid-Qing (Qing Era - 1644 - 1912 ce)
Dimensions: 21.5”w x 45.75”h x 16”d
Condition: Very good
Comments: These armless chairs have hard seat construction with cane top. The flat ended yoke back turns up. They are of classical Shanxi style which might explain the interesting foot rail tenon and mortise joinery. The front apron’s delicate scrolling grass carries hints of the original lacquer.
The S-curved back splat was popular in Ming times and undoubtedly developed in the interests of greater comfort as well as aesthetics. The basic chair design with a tall back and S-curved back splat was so pleasing and functional it was repeated many times with variations, giving each chair its own special character.