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HORSESHOE ARMCHAIR
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Inventory Number
HKU.W.1996.1081
Category In English
Wood Carvings and Furniture
Object Name
Horseshoe armchair
Periods / Dynasties
Late 17th century - 18th century
Materials
Zitan Wood
No. of Items (in a Set)
1
Dimensions
L:46 cm, W:60 cm, H: 98 cm
Descriptions in English
Gift of Dr T T Tsui, Tsui Art Foundation Ltd.(QSF031)
Chairs with continuously curved backs and arm supports are known as quanli (‘circle chairs’ in Chinese). They developed alongside other high–backed chairs between the Tang (618–907) and Song (960–1279) dynasties and continued to be popular into the Qing period. Examples made with expensive imported hardwoods like zitan were owned only by the most affluent members of society. They signified status and wealth in formal room settings and could be converted into sedan chairs with the addition of two carrying poles under the seats.

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