Pair of Willow Horseshoe Armchairs
Shanxi, circa 1880
This pair of armchairs were originally finished in black lacquer, now worn through time especially on the seats, arms and foot rests. They are in a provincial horseshoe style, made from willow. The curved backs and arms are each made from a single piece of wood - unlike the grander versions of these chairs that used intricate joinery - with the flexible willow being steamed and bent into shape. The back splats are each decorated with relief carvings showing various Chinese symbols. From the top these are a circular long life symbol, a 'fu' character to represent good luck, and a deer to represent prosperity. Sold as a pair, the price shown is for the two chairs.
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