A pair of huanghuali stools, chandeng Late Ming dynasty | 明末 黃花梨有束腰馬蹄足四方禪凳成對
Property from an Old Hong Kong Family Collection
A pair of huanghuali stools, chandeng
Late Ming dynasty
each with the top of standard mitre, mortise and tenon construction enclosing a cane surface, with moulded sides above a narrow waist continuing to a plain apron, raised on four straight legs ending in hoof feet and joined by humpbacked stretchers below the apron
66 by 66 by h. 52 cm
The stools are in good overall condition with just a small restored age crack to the corner of one seat.
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Constructed with seat frames considerably larger than those of fangdeng, this pair of chairs are also referred to as chandeng (meditation stools) and were likely to have been used as a meditation platform or for sitting in the cross-legged position. Meditation stools such as the current pair enjoyed great popularity and were often placed in scholars’ studios or meditation halls, enabling scholars and monks to meditate as a means of self-cultivation.
Compare a similar pair of late Ming dynasty huanghuali meditation stools but of slightly smaller proportions (62.6 by 62.6 by 51.8 cm), from the collections of T.T. Tsui and Dr S. Y. Yip, illustrated in Grace Wu Bruce, Feast by a wine table reclining on a couch: The Dr. S. Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture III, Hong Kong, 2007, pp. 54-55, cat. no. 12.
另一對造型相似明末禪凳，尺寸稍小（62.6 x 62.6 x 51.8公分），曾入徐展堂及葉承耀收藏，錄於伍嘉恩，《燕几衎榻：攻玉山房藏中國古典家具》，香港，2007年，頁54-55，編號12。