Antique Shopkeeper's Chair
Anhui, circa 1860
This ornate, beautifully carved chair would have been used originally by a shop owner, placed outside the shop for seating and with cash held in the secure storage space below the removable seat. It originates from the city of Hefei in Anhui province and is made from beech wood. While the key for the bottom section has long since been lost, the seat can still be easily removed to access the interior.
The chair's heavy, ornate style is typical of furniture from the later Qing period, with highly stylised arms, decorative carving and heavy pedestal feet. Here the wide backrest is split into three sections, each embellished with open carvings in floral patterns. The smaller top and bottom panels in particular are beautifully worked on different levels - perhaps unusually for what was a fairly functional item.
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