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Seated Official on a Horseshoe Chair
Item No. 19504

19th Century, Taoist / Popular Religions, China
Wood with Polychrome
8.25" x 6.25" x 5.75"
( 20.955 x 15.875 x 14.605 cm)
(H x W x D)

This corpulent smiling official sits, hands held together in his lap, in an elaborate horseshoe chair wide enough to hold his girth. The sides and back of the chair are covered in carved representations of sumptuous draped red fabric which extends to the rounded arm rests. His robust face with partially closed eyes, full cheeks and closed smiling lips radiates an aura of benevolent contentment. A rounded cap conceals his hair and ears.

He is garbed in flowing robes with a broad v collar ending in a ruyi shaped form. A ruyi is the wish-granting wand, the shape of which is also used for clouds and other forms of decoration and means "as you wish" or "may your wish be granted." The robes cover his feet which rest on a plain foot rest. The robes were originally embellished with painted decorations, and it is possible to see traces of large round longevity symbols on each of the shoulders and extending down the arm.

The back of the chair is covered with most of its original pigmentation while the front contines slight traces of the original blue and red pigmentation.\

The piece is in good condition. There is a age crack and filler applied long ago to the bottom front section.

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