This elegant and light-weight design derives from chairs made of pliable lengths of bamboo, bent into a 'U'-shape and bound together using natural fibres. Cabinet makers cleverly adapted this design to hardwood furniture by developing ingenious joinery techniques. In order to create the continuous back, members were fitted together with a cut-out to accommodate a tapered wood pin that would lock them firmly in place when inserted. The complexity of the design required utmost precision, as a slight error in the tilt of any of the joins would be magnified by the adjoining members.
Two closely related pairs of chairs were sold in our New York rooms, the first, 14th September 2011, lot 140, and the second, 25th April 1987, lot 564, later sold again at Christie's New York, 15th September 2011, lot 1335; another pair was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3641; and two chairs were sold at Christie's New York, one 21st March 2004, lot 18, and the other, from the collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, 18th March 2015, lot 139. See also a pair of chairs of this type but carved on the splat with a slightly more elongated ruyi head, sold in our New York rooms, 3rd June 1992, lot 325.
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