Pair of Antique Yoke Back Chairs
Shanxi, circa 1880
This lovely pair of elm chairs is from Shanxi province. The design is in a classic 'Yoke-Back' or 'Lamphanger' construction, with a protruding headrail over the curved backrest. Made from elm wood, this pair is a little out of the ordinary in that the headrails are more stylised than normal - with a more pronounced 'S' shape towards each end than the more standard flowing curves. In addition, rather than being made from a single piece of wood, the back slats are formed from four curved, rounded posts. The design of the headrails is repeated on the front stretcher of each chair in a more delicate, elegant style, each one being supported by curved braces that flow down to meet the foot rest at the bottom. Whilst each of these features are only small modifications to the standard 'Yoke-Back' style, the overall effect is to give a more modern, or perhaps even art deco, look that makes this pair of chairs quite unusual. The price shown is for the pair of chairs.