Ming/Qing Dynasty Southern Official’s Hat Armchair

Ming Qing Dinasty Chines hat chair

Like I said. This is one of the items I found in the book….

A Late Ming or Early Qing Dynasty Huanghuali Wood Southern Official’s Hat Armchair with a Bow-Curved Backrest and Carved Medallion

Overall Height:40.4 in (102.5 cm), Dimensions of Seat-Height: 21 in (53 cm), Width: 23.25 in (59 cm), Depth: 18.75 in (47.5 cm), Circa 1620-1735.

A huanghuali armchair of identical form and color, but a taller S-shaped backrest, can be found in Wang Shixiang’s Classic Chinese Furniture, Plate 48.

A perceptive analysis of Southern Official’s Hat Armchair can be found in the commentary on Plate 82 of Chinese Household Furniture by George Kates: “Many square-backed chairs do not have official’s cap projections; the uprights of the back are smoothly merged in one continuous line with the top rail, leaving a slight depression in the center, at the top of the splat, to accommodate the nape of the neck. This is managed with such ease that the effect is almost as if the the wood had grown in this way;the whole plane of the upper part of the back is bent slightly backward, and the arms, too, are gently curved to accommodate the human figure. When a numberof such refinements are united, the result is a civilized piece of furniture, the general effect is only emphasized by the use of highly polished hardwood, wth just enough irregularity of the grain showing through the finish to add interest.”

Ming/Qing Dynasty Southern Official’s Hat Armchair

Chinese and Korean Antique Furnitures

Ming Dynasty Antique Chinese Folding Chair

Until yesterday, I used to believe, ignorant as I was, the Chinese, like the Japanese used to sit on the floor or on futons. Not true at all! I discovered a book about antique Ming Dynasty furniture among which wooden chairs with delicious design. From that eureka (actually it is heureka) moment it is one step to do a proper Google…..You will be seeing much more of this here in the near future.

Happy New Year by the way!


A GEORGE III MAHOGANY OPEN ARMCHAIR LATE 18TH CENTURY With a padded drop-in seat Together with another of a later date, in the Sheraton style (2)



A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY BERGERE INVALID’S WHEEL CHAIR MID 19TH CENTURY The caned back and scroll arms with padded rests and drop-in squab cushion seat, the brass bound wheels with stamped hubs WARD LEICESTER SQ. LONDON

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A VICTORIAN CANED BEECH AND FRUITWOOD SEDAN CHAIR BY J. ALDERMAN, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY The folding seat and arms with trigger mechanism, gilt painted carrying handles and brass label to reverse engraved J Alderman, Inventor, Patentee and Manufacturer, 16 Soho Square