The three-piece armrests are assembled with a unique variation of the half-lap pressure-peg joint with blind tenons. Here, pressure pegs are set at an angle to impart direct bilateral compression to draw the mated surfaces together. For an illustrated discussion of half-lap pressure-peg joints, see pp.
A set of four chairs with a similar construction is illustrated by Wang et al., Masterpieces from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture, p. 60, no. 28; by Sarah Handler, "Classical Chinese Furniture in the Renaissance Collection", Orientations, January 1991, p. 48, figs. 10 and 10b; and by Curtis Evarts, "Continuous Horseshoe Arms and Half-Lapped Pressure-Peg Joins", JCCFS, Spring 1991, p. 15, fig. 2, front and back covers, and sold in these rooms September 19, 1996, lot 41
The present example retains a traditional soft-cane seat made of finely split cane woven directly onto the seat frame