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  • A large and impressive pair of late Qing dynasty rosewood Ming-style folding horseshoe-back chairs, with coiled wire seats.


    Each has a large curved crestrail with rounded flattened ends, with a central carved backsplat adored with two cartouches. The smaller depicts a dragon chasing a serpent, and the larger a dragon hidden in flowers. The spandrels are also carved and join beneath the crestrail decorated with a stylised phoenixes, with metal strapwork ruyi motifs to the structural joints around the curved crestrail and metal mounts to the hinged footrest.


    Possibly roaming courtroom chairs, designed so they could be folded up and taken to outlying regions of the Chinese Empire that lacked permanent infastructure. A really fascinating pair of unusual chairs that would suit many purposes.



    W: 63cm

    H: 111cm 

    D: 57cm

    A Pair of Early C20th Chinese Folding Mandarin Chairs

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