Pair of Poplar Horseshoe Armchairs
Shandong, circa 1900
This pair of chairs are in a more vernacular version of the Chinese horseshoe armchair. Here each of the large curved rear rails are made from a single, shaped piece of wood rather than by joining three or five shorter pieces. The left and right hand sets of legs are produced in a similar way, with the seat and apron of each chair set between. Traces of the original dark reddish brown lacquer are still visible, but largely worn to the paler poplar wood beneath. The curved backrests each incorporate a relief carving showing a deer, a symbol for long life. Sold as a pair, the price shown is for both pieces.