Here’s a chair I visited on the recent trip to New York. It lives in The Scholar’s Garden in Snug Harbour Cultural Centre on Staten Island. This Garden is a recent addition to the Botanic Gardens made in what used to be a retreat for ‘aged, decrepit and worn-out sailors’. The chairs are in one of the pavilions which were built by 40 chinese craftsmen in 1998. The chairs are very striking to me. The bow seems to be carved rather than bent:
Dangerously short grain at the curly end, but so elegant.
I was also taken by the friendly method of bracing the front legs. Not a high rung to dig into the back of your ankle, but a low one to rest your feet on:
The splat at the back was definitely bent, so maybe steaming was used. I have no knowledge of Chinese chairmaking techniques, just an appreciation for these beauties:
The whole of the garden was an amazing feast for the eyes and the soul. Here is the Moon Viewing Pavilion of Crispness:
Even the floors are amazing – 100 pebbles in each of these panels:
Surprise views at every turn: