This unusual antique Chinese chair was probably a child’s chair due to it’s smaller size, although it may have actually been for a child bride, as it is more ornate than a typical child’s chair.
The seat is a flush panel style with a nice molded detail on the lower edge. This detail is on all sides.
The back of the chair has a curved splat with a detailed relief carving of a woman in a long flowing dress and a fancy head piece, which also may indicate this was a bride’s chair. There is a nice carved beading on the back splat framing the relief carving.
The top rail is a gently curved lamp hanger shape. The upper legs are round and curve back slightly. The legs are square with a bead detail down the inside edges.
Under the seat front and down the inside of the front legs is a fancy pieced carved apron with floral and fruit patterns among other designs.
The sides also have pierced carved aprons, although not quite as ornate as the front. The sides and back have a single straight stretcher between the legs.
The back has an unusual shaped solid apron, with a bead detail on the edge. This apron is fancier than back aprons found on most antique Chinese chairs, as is the bead detail on the inside of the back legs.
The finish is mostly a red lacquer with some gold details added to the front and side carvings. The carving of the woman on the back splat is more of a deeper burgundy color with a mostly black background.
As can be seen in the photos there is some warping on the seat. This chair is a very unique and a great conversation piece.
Antique Chinese Red Child’s Chair with Carvings.
Wood: Elm / Mixed
Approx Age: Mid 1800’s , Qing Dynasty
Approx. Dimensions: Base 17″ Wide x 14″ Deep x 15″ Seat height. Overall Height 35″
SKU # RV-31828
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