19th c, Northern Elm, Shanxi. 32″w, 14″ d, 19.5″ h.
This bench shows a traditional mortise-and-tenon construction with tenon heads showing. It is of the narrow waist and corner legs style with the apron on top carved in the center of the frame member the It has a cane seat on top constructed recessed within a beaded framework. A narrow waist It is of and corner legs ending in hoof feet. It shows traditional mortise-and-tenon construction with tenon-heads showing. The waist rests between the beaded bottom of the top panel and the beaded top of the leg frame member constituting the apron. The center of the apron has relief carving of the continuous -life motif. The apron continuous smoothly into legs ending in hoof feet. A humpback stretcher spans the legs. This bench shows a simple elegance that makes it not only useful but also decorative.