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19th Century Chinese Roundback Chair



Prior to the 10th century, Chinese society eschewed raised seats in favour of mats. Upon the rising popularity of chairs and other forms of elevated seating, craftsmen began adapting traditional cabinetry and architecture techniques to the human body. In the case of this Yuanyi, or round chair, the flowing crestrail is a direct descendant of the simple armrests that had traditionally supported individuals on mats in their homes. This homage to an ancestral form, combined with traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery techniques, created an elegant, functional chair that has endured for centuries. Additional dimensions: Seat height: 20" H


  • Dimensions
    Height: 34.75 in. (88.27 cm)Width: 25.75 in. (65.41 cm)Depth: 25.5 in. (64.77 cm)Seat Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: N045K1stDibs: LU820011833473

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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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