Pair of Willow Horseshoe Chairs
Shandong, circa 1900
This pair of chairs is in a more 'vernacular' style of the grander looking horseshoe armchairs that were traditionally used for important guests. Those examples were usually made from elm or more expensive hardwoods, whereas these chairs are made from willow. The flexible nature of the material allowed the curved, rounded rail that forms the chair's arms and top to be shaped from a single piece of wood, doing away with the need for complex joinery that would be required otherwise. The chairs' seats are relatively narrow, fitted within legs that again are shaped from single pieces of wood either side. The curved arms are supported at each side by three rounded stiles, and the backsplats taper up from bottom to top, each decorated with a circular floral motif. The old metal brackets at the top and bottom that fixed the backsplats in place are still present. The original black lacquer has largely worn through use on the feet, arms, seat and footrest to show the paler wood below, adding to the simple, rustic look of the chairs. Sold as a pair the price shown is for the two chairs.
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