The present daybed, with its simple and restrained lines, represents one of the most popular forms found in classical Chinese furniture design. The use of the daybed was manifold - during the day, it served as a sitting platform, and at night a bed. In Austere Luminosity of Classical Chinese Furniture, Berkeley, 2001, pp. 105-21, S. Handler discusses the origins and uses of this intriguing form. For a further discussion, see R. H. Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ching Dynasties, New York, 1971, pp. 90-1. Also of note are two similarly dated examples in huanghuali, illustrated by Ellsworth, pls. 37-8. A closely related huanghuali ta, dated 16th/17th century, formerly in the collection of Gangolf Geis, was sold at Christie's New York, 18 September 2003, lot 20.