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Chinese Roundback Chair, circa 1850



Prior to the 10th century Chinese society eschewed raised seats in favor of mats. The addition of chairs and other elevated forms of seating allowed craftsmen to adapt 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 ancestral forms combines with progressive mortise-and-tenon joinery techniques to create an elegant functionalism that has defined this chair's presence over the centuries, and in today's modern home. Additional dimensions: Seat: 17.75" W x 11.5" D.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.25 in. (89.54 cm)Width: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Depth: 25.25 in. (64.14 cm)Seat Height: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: N045E1stDibs: LU820021019022

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  • Shipping
    $599 In-Home Delivery Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 3-8 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    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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