This richly decorated Chinese garden seat dates to the Late Qing period in the early 20th century. The seat is potted in a drum shape, typical of Ming-Qing Chinese garden seats. The entire body is ornately painted with blossoming lotus flowers and lush green leaves.
Two double-coin pierced decorations grace each side of the body. In each double-coin panel, lovely peach blossoms are flowering with fresh bamboo shoots against a pastel lavender background. The double-coin pattern is a wish for wealth while the peach flowers symbolize beauty and romance. The bamboo shoots represent life renewal and youth. Together, these charming patterns convey the auspicious message of embracing fortune and love while securing youth and beauty.
The lotus pond is also a metaphor for romantic encounters between young individuals, which can be traced back to a celebrated love story from classical Chinese poetry. The top of the seat echoes the motif found on the body, and a circle of budding lotus flowers surround the double-coin decoration in the center. The rim is further adorned with archaic thunder patterns painted in orange.
This colorful garden seat, embedded with cheerful blessings, will be a pleasant companion to the decor in any traditional or contemporary home.
H 18.25 in. x Dm 12 in.
Excellent. Slight wear to the top of the garden seat consistent with age and use.
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