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Black Lacquer Stool with Ground Mother-of-pearl Inlays and Cloisonné Seat

The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum

The stool is coated in black lacquer. Its round seat is inlaid with cloisonné in the design of two dragons chasing a pearl. Raised moldings stretch from the edge of the seat down the waist (suo yao, i.e., the recessed part under the seat of a chair, or under the top of a table). Above the waist, this stool is inlaid with five carved openwork ornamental panels. Between the waist and the apron is the stepped apron molding, a component designed to rationalize the structure. Legs curve outward with the ends scrolling inwards imitating clouds. Finely ground mother-of-pearl is inlaid all over the lacquer surface, making the stool shiny and luxurious.

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  • Title: Black Lacquer Stool with Ground Mother-of-pearl Inlays and Cloisonné Seat
  • Physical Dimensions: height: 41 cm, seat diameter: 42.5 cm
  • Provenance: Qing imperial collection
  • Type: furniture
  • Medium: black lacquer, ground mother-of-pearl, and cloisonné

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