Finds that were buried in the ashes of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy included tables with folding underframes and beds made partly or entirely of metal. Chinese famille verte plate, Kangxi , the flat rim with interlocking openwork rings, decorated in the centre with two 'Long Elizas' and a boy in a fenced garden, the moulded border consisting of interlinked circles. These were used for formal and informal occasions, when on military campaigns or enjoying leisurely pursuits. The weight case is provided with a door in which there may be a window through which the position of the weights can be observed. The present lot's verticality is emphasised by higher legs, the grooving and beading of major upright supports, and long lock plates.
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China Traditional Furniture
Only since the midth century, with entirely new synthetic materials such as plastic and completely new fabrication techniques such as casting, have there been signs of a radical revision of the concept of furniture. The four posts supported an expanse of cloth that extended from the head like a canopy, just as the most distinguished row of choir stalls in a church was crowned by a baldachin an ornamental structure resembling a canopy. More than 2, objects were offered in the sale, making it the largest collection of Asian Art ever to appear at auction. Tables with flaps also are constructed to take up less space when folded away and can be variously made, either with flaps that are supported by brackets that swing out on hinges or on so-called gate legs. Ming Dynasty Furniture Ming Dynasty furniture is usually simple, if somewhat rustic, in design, projecting an image of sturdiness combined with simple elegance.
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The clothes cupboard of the 19th and 20th centuries, an indispensable piece of bedroom furniture wherever there were no built-in cupboards, was based on traditional features of the 18th-century English clothespress but equipped to meet the changing fashions of modern times. In one form, however, the stiles are slightly curved above the arms so as to conform to the angle of the S-shaped back splat the central upright of a chairback. When folded, such chairs could be carried on a journey, and this is why they were also known as travelling chairs. But not until the 19th century did bathrooms in private homes become more commonplace. The grain in wood creates a structure with varying character, which in itself provides a natural ornamental surface, in which patterns can be formed by means of precalculated juxtapositions.
It would hardly be possible to achieve such a surface by using solid wood, partly because of the expense, partly because of its brittleness, and partly because the grain can never be shown off to its best advantage when the timber is cut into solid boards. A pair of Chinese dragon decorated carved rosewood throne chairs, late 19th century. A Chinese carved elaborate dragon and phoenix armchair mid 20th century, height 86 cm. Chinese furniture can also appear stylized in the sense that it gives an impression of having been put together in a more constructive manner than is actually the case. The Continental terms describe the intrinsic character of furniture better than the English word.