Ming :: Museum
Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture

MING DYNASTY HUANGHUALI WOOD LUOHAN BED

Overall Height 31 in. (79 cm.) – Platform Dimensions, Height 20.5 in. (52 cm.), Length 75.5 in. (192 cm), Depth 39.25 in (100 cm) Circa 1575-1700

This luohan bed or couchbed, fashioned from huanghuali, displays the classic attributes of Ming furniture design: clear lines, perfect scale and elegant proportions. The craftsman has also satisfied his decorative impulses in a simple and restrained manner by carving both the front and back sides of the three solid railings with concave molding and raised beading, a feature rarely found on luohan beds. The construction and form of waisted furniture, its origins rooted in the Song dynasty, dictate that an inset panel, for structural and design purposes , be placed between the seat frame and convex apron, with the straight legs ending, as in theis case, in an early style of horse-hoof foot. The water erosion and decay under the bottom of the legs, along with its overall design, construction and style, suggest that this is an early piece with a dating from the middle to late Ming period.

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