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Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Date: undated
Dimensions: height: 98 cm, length: 58 cm, width: 50 cm

The armchair has cylindrical side posts, armrests, and headrest. The back splat is slightly curved to conform to the line of the sitter's back. The center of the seat is inlaid lower than the frame. Entirely coated in black lacquer, the armchair belongs to plain lacquer furniture that during the Ming dynasty was of the most popular type.   According to the original museum records, this chair was used in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) in the Imperial Study (Shangshu fang) near the Palace of Heavenly Purity (Qianqing gong). During the Yongzheng reign (1723-1735) a school was established there to give lessons to princes over six years of age.

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