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Bench with cloud-head spandrels

19th century

  • 1300mm wide x 185mm deep x 520mm high
  • Chinese cedar

The bench is made from a timber favoured by craftsmen for its close grain and lustrous finish. The bench is long enough to seat two people. That means it could also be used behind a sofa or under a window as a display piece.

The spandrels are in the shape of clouds. Pronounced "yun" the word has the same pronunciation for another Chinese character that means lucky. So this is a popular motif expressing a wish for the owner to enjoy good fortune.