Hongmu Enamel inset Stool

 Hongmu Enamel inset Stool

Hongmu Enamel inset Stool without a Waist in form of a Fan (pair)

Mid-Qing period
height 45cm, seat(long chord) 85cm, (short chord) 50cm

These two stools from a set of six join to form a large circular seating area. The wood has a deep lustrous aquality and a fine and delicate grain. Although it looks like zitan, it is good-quality hongmu. The four legs and the seat of each stool are connected with flush righ-angle joins (粽角榫) at the point where three members (two rails and one leg) intersect to form a corner. All the member of these two stools have double reed moulding, including the arched stretchers, seat frameworks, legs and vertical braces. The short vertical braces that join the arched stretchers to the top framework on each side are accompanied by pierced medallion decorative braces. They have typical Ming hoof feet but are carved with a Qing-style angular scroll. Generally speaking, these stools are the product of mediocre cabinetmakers using pieced material.


No early references to hongmu have yet been discovered; however, the equivalent southern Chinese term 'suanzhi' appears during the middle Qing period—its literal meaning, 'sourwood' describes the...