A set of Classic Chinese Style "Southern Official’s Hat Chair" Armchairs and End Table

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Lot No. :ZQNF-170717
Feature:Phoebe zhennan S. Lee (1*), mortise and tenon (2*). Listing include two traditional Ming Dynasty style "Southern Official’s Hat Chair(3*)" armchairs 70×54×90 cm/each and an end table.
Status:For sale (Item is customizable)
1* Phoebe Zhennan is a large species of tree up to 30 metres tall in the Lauraceae family. Zhennan was originally a Chinese word that related to its Chinese name 楠 (Nan). The species is under second-class national protection in China.
2* The mortise and tenon joint has been used for thousands of years by woodworkers around the world to join pieces of wood, mainly when the adjoining pieces connect at an angle of 90°. In its basic form it is both simple and strong. This is an ancient joint dating back 7,000 years. In traditional Chinese architecture, wood components, such as beams, brackets, roof frames and struts, were made to interlock with perfect fit, without using fasteners or glues, enabling the wood to expand and contract according to humidity. Archaeological evidence from Chinese sites shows that, by the end of the Neolithic, mortise-and-tenon joinery was employed in Chinese construction.
3* The ‘official’s hat chair’ is divided into two categories: the yokeback armchair (with four protruding ends) and southern official’s armchair. Of these, the ‘yokeback’ chair or is perhaps foremost amongst the various traditional Ming-style chair forms, exhibiting dignity and poise. It is a formal chair, and frequently appears in hierarchical seating arrangements.Fine examples of yokeback chairs are sculpted with dynamic and vigorous lines, and exhibit an upright stance with sinuously shaped posts and armrests. The backsplats are generally of S-shape. They may be made from a solid piece of wood or comprised with several panels that are sometimes pierced or carved with ruyi or other decorative motifs.


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