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A HUANGHUALI LUOHAN BED, KANG TABLE, AND A PAIR OF HONGMU FOOT STOOLS
A HUANGHUALI LUOHAN BED, KANG TABLE, AND A PAIR OF HONGMU FOOT STOOLS
A HUANGHUALI LUOHAN BED, KANG TABLE, AND A PAIR OF HONGMU FOOT STOOLS
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A HUANGHUALI LUOHAN BED, KANG TABLE, AND A PAIR OF HONGMU FOOT STOOLS

18TH-19TH CENTURY WITH ALTERATIONS

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A HUANGHUALI LUOHAN BED, KANG TABLE, AND A PAIR OF HONGMU FOOT STOOLS
18TH-19TH CENTURY WITH ALTERATIONS
The mat seat is set in a rectangular frame below openwork rails carved with a wan pattern, raised on thick legs terminating in split hoof feet. The kang table, 19th century, has a cusped, beaded apron and is supported on carved legs joined by a straight stretcher. The pair of foot stools are set with trellis pattern within the rectangular frame.
Luohan bed: 30 ¼ in. (76.8 cm.) high, 72 ½ in. (184.1 cm.) wide, 40 ½ in. (103 cm.) deep
Kang table: 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) high, 26 3/8 in. (67 cm.) wide, 16 1/8 in. (41 cm.) deep
Foot stools: 5 ¾ in. (14.7 cm.) high, 19 1/8 in. (49.9 cm.) wide, 11 ¼ in. (28.6 cm.) deep
Provenance
The Collection of Dr. Frank E. (1897-1971) and Lillian (1907-1986) Whitacre, acquired between 1938-1939, and thence by descent within the family.
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The present luohan bed is supported on the more rarely seen split hoof feet. A luohan bed, of larger proportions, with solid back and sides also raised on similar legs is illustrated by G. Ecke in Chinese Domestic Furniture, Vermont and Tokyo, 1962, pl. 27, no. 1. Another related bed, of similar construction, is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, illustrated in Philadelphia Museum Bulletin: Winter 1963: Chinese Furniture, Volume LVIII, Number 276, p. 58, no. 2.

Literary texts suggest that luohanchuang were also considered part of everyday furnishings and were used in both formal and semi-formal interiors. Unlike canopy beds, luohan beds could be used to formally receive guests. For a discussion of the varied uses of this style of bed, see Sarah Handler, "Comfort and Joy: A Couch Bed for Day and Night," Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society, Winter 1991, pp. 4-19.

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