armchairs with rattan
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Pair of armchairs with rattan seats and original red lacquer.This style of chair was called 'Nan Guan Mao Yi' because the shape of the back looks like a South China official's hat from the Ming Dynasty.The carving of a pomegranate under the seat is the traditional lucky pattern in China which means many children and much luck. These armchairs were used by a wealthy family in the past.
H88 x D47 x W57 cm
elm wood
China Shanxi
circa 150 years
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