Huanghuali square stool, fangdeng
China, 17/18th century
A huanghuali stool, the four square legs joined at the top by a mitre, mortise and tenon construction framework, and a matted, inset top, which is supported by a thin wooden plank. The legs are joined at the bottom by stretchers and form short feet at the base. Each leg has beaded edges.
It is rare to find a square stool with stretchers at the bottom; most stools have only stretchers at the top, or an additional humpback stretcher just below the top. A similar stool from the Lai Family collection of Fine Chinese Furniture was sold by Christie’s in New York in 2015.