Pair of Qing Rose Chairs
Shanxi, circa 1890
Smaller and lower than most antique Chinese chairs, this style is usually referred to as a 'rose chair'. The design appeared quite late on in China, with a low, straight back fitted at right angles to the rear posts and a hollow space between. As in this case, there was often some carved decoration on the backrest and on this pair there is also a lower carved stretcher just above the seat at the sides and rear. As with other styles of seating, rose chairs were almost always made in pairs and were normally used in the ladies' quarters of the home or sometimes by scholars. This pair is in elm wood, the once dark lacquer worn and faded to a lovely soft tone. Less imposing than many Chinese chairs, they would add elegance and interest to any modern setting. Sold as a pair, the price shown is for both chairs.