Chairs are status symbols which display the prestige of the owner. They firstly perform a presentation role then serve as seating instruments. Chinese chairs encourage sitting upright, yet have built-in support for the spine, back and shoulders and a footrest for comfort. The leg structure under the seat is tapered for maximum sturdiness. These characteristics combined with design artistry evolved over centuries and make chairs an icon of Chinese culture.
In our modern homes chairs are an adaptable piece for alternative seating. They also make a stunning interior display to add life and style to a room. You can see more in our Canberra antiques gallery.
Official hat armchairs with ruyi carving
Origin: Shandong province 19th century elm wood 530mm wide x 440mm deep x 1010mm high These low back armchairs are ideal as a decorative function under a painting or framing...
Official hat armchairs with calligraphy medallion
Origin: Shandong province Period: 19th century elm wood 570mm wide x 430mm deep x 1070mm high The striking feature of these chairs is the carved “wave” on the crest rail...
Official hat armchairs with long life medallion
Origin: Shanxi province 19th century elm wood 590mm wide x 460mm deep x 1010mm high The deep plum red lacquer and the fluid flow of the arms are the stand...
Low back armchairs
Origin: Shandong province 19th century elm wood 620mm wide x 460mm deep x 920mm high These chairs are well suited as presentation pieces and occasional use in the home. The...
Origin: Shanxi province Period: 19th century elm wood 560mm wide x 435mm deep x 1030mm high This is a superb example of Ming style design having gracious proportions and striking...
Ming style armchair with rail supports
19th century birch 525mm x 395mm x 870mm Classic Ming style armchair. Quite unusual to see chairs with rail back and supports. This is a single piece that could sit...
Side chairs with rail back
19th century elm 495mm wide x 420mm deep x 980mm high A very elegant and appealing pair of chairs. The unadorned lines are classic Ming style while the round rail...
Armchair with Five Blessings motif
19th century birch 550mm wide x 430mm deep x 920mm high This is a very special chair. The back has striking carving of five bats. The centre bat combines with...