well proportioned, two square-sectioned stiles tennoned into the underside of a shaped yoke and continuing through the seat frame forming the back legs, the plain C-curved back splat tongue-and-grooved into the top rail and the back of the seat frame, the outward curving arms supported by pillar-shaped braces and mortise-and-tennoned to similarly S-shaped front posts and stiles, small shaped spandrels tongue-and-grooved to the underside of the arms where they meet the posts, the seat frame of standard mitre, mortise and tenon construction with exposed tenons on the short sides, supported by two transverse braces underneath, the plain front apron butt-joined to the underside of the seat and tongue-and-grooved into the legs, the side and back aprons similarly shaped, the legs joined by square-sectioned stretchers, a plain shaped apron set below the footrest
115.2 by 60.7 by 47.8 cm., 45 3/8 by 23 7/8 by 18 3/4 in.
As typical of Ming chairs, the matting on the seats and back tests are replaced intermittently. General surface wear and insignificant bruises to the fragile extremities , especially the tips of the legs, as expected of Ming furniture preserved over the centuries in a domestic setting.
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In Pursuit of Antiquities: Thirty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition of the Min Chiu Society, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1995-1996, cat. no. 220, p. 248.
The Chinese Collections, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 1997-99.
Grace Wu Bruce, Chan Chair and Qin Bench, The Dr. S. Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture II, Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 58-59.
Museum Für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin, 2000-02.
Grace Wu Bruce, Grace Wu Bruce presents a choice selection of Ming Furniture from the Dr. S. Y. Yip collection, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2012, cat. no. 1, pp. 22-23.
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Grace Wu Bruce, Two Decades of Ming Furniture, Beijing, 2010, p. 107.
Grace Wu Bruce, Ming Furniture through My Eyes, Beijing, 2015, p. 111.