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Chinese Lacquered Theater Bench with Fu Dog Carvings, c. 1850

$3,680

About

Wide enough to seat three to four people, this ornate bench was likely made as shared seating for live performances, such as operas, plays, and ceremonies. Clearly intended for special occasions, the bench is decorated with symbolic carvings and finished with dark red lacquer and metallic pigments. Each leg is carved with the expressive face of a fu dog, traditional protectors against evil spirits and misfortune. On the aprons, two smaller fu dogs play with an embroidered ball wrapped in ribbons, a motif for joy and good fortune. The surrounding panels are carved with auspicious flowers, including chrysanthemums for longevity and peonies for love. Beautifully faded from a century of use, this grand bench is wonderful as an eye-catching coffee table or a comfortable seat in a hallway or entry. Additional dimensions: Seat depth: 13.25".

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)Width: 84 in. (213.36 cm)Depth: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Seat Height: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Elm,Carved,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CEC0091stDibs: LU820027509042

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  • Shipping
    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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