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Horseshoe Back Armchair

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China, unknown workshop, Horseshoe Back Armchair, early 17th century, wood and cane, Gift of Margery Hoffman Smith, public domain, 74.25.2

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Title

Horseshoe Back Armchair

Artist

China, unknown workshop (Chinese)

Date

early 17th century

Period

China: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Medium

wood and cane

Dimensions (H x W x D)

37 3/4 in x 26 3/8 in x 24 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Furnishings

Object Type

chair

Culture

Chinese

Credit Line

Gift of Margery Hoffman Smith

Accession Number

74.25.2

Copyright

public domain

Terms

armchairs

cane

chairs

furnishings

Ming

wood

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

1st Floor

Goodman Gallery

Description

The chair is made of huanghuali, a rare cabinet wood noted for its density, its beautiful grain, and the translucent glow it takes on when polished. The sensitive carving of the beadwork under the seat and the delicate roundel on the back splat add to the overall impression of restrained elegance. The rounded back, which curves forward to form armrests on either side, is not made from a single piece of wood, as one might expect, but is actually assembled from five separate pieces fitted together with ingenious double tongue-and-groove half-lap joins with pressure pegs.

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