Yokeback Armchair, One of Pair
first half 17th century
Late Ming Dynasty
43 5/8 x 24 x 23 in. (110.8 x 61 x 58.4 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Alice Boney
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Yokeback Armchair, One of Pair, first half 17th century. Huanghuali wood, 43 5/8 x 24 x 23 in. (110.8 x 61 x 58.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alice Boney, 78.246.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.246.1_78.246.2_SL3.jpg)
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This pair of armchairs, with well-proportioned and graceful linear contours and emphasis on the natural grain and color of the huanghuali hardwood, embodies the qualities of restrained elegance associated with Chinese furniture design from the Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Yokeback armchairs that have top rails and arms with protruding ends, as depicted here, are known in China as the official's hat armchairs (guanmaoyi) or the official's hat armchairs with four protruding ends (sichutou guanmaoyi).
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