This sturdy Chinese bench dates to the late 19th century and was made from northern Elm using mortise-and-tenon joinery. It has a quite deep framed seat with a floating panel interior and is raised on splayed round legs reinforced by simple spandrels. Originally used as seating in public spaces, such as outdoor courtyards, benches such as this would have been placed throughout the home, used as casual seating. They could be taken in and out as needed. Today, these benches are commonly placed in hallways, entrances and at the foot of the bed. The rubbed ox-blood patina is totally original. The light coloration on the feet is appropriate; Northern Chinese pieces often rested on damp floors, leaching minerals into the first few inches of the legs.
- Origin | Shanxi , China
- Dimensions | 39"W x 21"D x 17"H
- Age | Late qing
- Material | Elm
- ID | 23T01243
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