A pair of very rare 18th century Chinese export armchairs. These chairs were most likely made for the English market though a very closely related example is illustrated in Joe Kindig’s Philadelphia Chair book as an example of the reach of Philadelphia styles. They are constructed of very dense Huanghuali, one of the most prized Chinese hardwoods. The panel seats are removable. Interior corner blocks of pine have been added at some point. They came to us with expensive but overly thick cushions.
I am told the Chinese characters say “long life”.