Pair of Bentwood Yokeback Armchairs

c. 1850
$6,880 USD SOLD
W: 23.25" D: 18.25" H: 39.75"
Northern Elmwood
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These classic armchairs from Hebei province have a traditional design known as "yoke-back chairs," defined by tall backs, flat back yokes, and protruding top crest rails. The style is also known as a "lamphanger chair" for its resemblance to bamboo wall lamps, or an "official's hat chair," after the wide-brimmed putou hats worn by early government officials.

This pair dates to the mid-19th century and is crafted of willow and northern elm (yumu). The arms have been carefully shaped to bend gracefully down from the top crestrail in one fluid motion, creating a more lightweight design with fewer lines. The legs have been similarly shaped to fold over round horizontal posts comprising the frame of the seat. A dark brown lacquer finish coats the exterior, now beautifully worn with a rich patina.

Additional Dimensions:
Seat Height: 19.25"H

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