The hierarchical nature of Chinese society, combined with the development of a full furniture vocabulary, means that the Chinese chair has become iconic, and an influence to diverse modern forms from the Bauhaus Movement to Charles Rennie MacIntosh. The Horseshoe armchair is perfectly shaped to give the sitter a dominant form when formally dressed in Chinese robes, this can be seen in various ancestor portraits. Today good Chinese chairs can command serious money especially if made from the imperial preferred woods of Zitan and Huanghuali.
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