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Pair of Chinese Roundback Chairs, c. 1850

$3,580 per set


Prior to the 10th century, Chinese society eschewed raised seats in favor of mats. The rising popularity of chairs and other forms of elevated seating led craftsmen to adapt traditional cabinetry and architecture techniques to the human body. In the case of these Yuanyi, or round chairs, the flowing crestrail is a direct descendant of the simple armrests that had traditionally supported individuals on mats in their homes. Crafted with mortise-and-tenon joinery, this pair features several elegant details that set them apart from other 19th-century examples. The curved crestrail is supported by a bent backsplat carved with a ruyi-form medallion and four straight posts topped with simply carved spandrels. The posts flow continuously into four round legs linked by a footrest and three straight stretchers. Humpback stretchers form the apron, just beneath the floating panel seat. Beautifully worn from a century of use, this traditional chairs add timeless form and rich texture to any interior.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 34.5 in. (87.63 cm)Width: 22.25 in. (56.52 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Seat Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • 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: CFC2871stDibs: LU820026382402

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    Ships From: Chicago, IL
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About the Seller
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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