Pair of Elm Southern Official Chairs
Shanxi, circa 1860
These handsome, dark wood chairs are from Shanxi province in a style referred to as 'Southern Official' chairs. The subtly curved 'S' shaped backrests feature a circular motif in relief carving with a 'fù' character meaning 'rich' or 'wealthy' - a symbol believed to bring prosperity to the owner of the chairs. Each chair also has scrolling dragons in relief carving at the corner of the headrail and side posts, which suggest they were made for someone of high social status. The chairs are in elm wood and still in their original dark finish, with signs of wear on the seats, legs and footrests. The narrow, rounded arms are curved and, in keeping with this traditional style, join onto the front supporting posts rather than protruding out to the front. Simple and elegant in style, the chairs would look wonderful in a reception room or bedroom for occasional seating. Sold as a pair, the price shown is for the two chairs.
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