The Chinese Horseshoe Back Chair History

The Chinese sat on the floor, early on in their culture, but with time, low couches and chairs were introduced, most probably through the spread of Buddhism and the figures of Buddha on raised platforms. The idea of being elevated and of being above others was brought into being and saw couches and chairs getting raised higher and higher from the floor. Where special guests, dignitaries, and noblemen were “above” the commoner who remained on the floor.

V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Imperial Craft Baijiu
V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Imperial Craft Baijiu

The horseshoe armchair originated around five hundred years ago in the Ming dynasty (1368 -1644).

The back rail and arms formed a semicircle, descending towards the front, with the terminals of arms bent slightly back, coupled with a tapering S shaped side post.

The curved armrests are built with five segments a few have three segments. Made from various woods and even carved from lacquer.

They even made a folding version with decorative metalwork to strengthening the wooden joints.

These horseshoe-back folding chairs were used by people of high rank.

Emperors used them as portable thrones while on diplomatic campaigns. Made collapsible for easy transport, their complex structure and fragile design made them susceptible to damage.

Therefore the folding horseshoe-back armchair has become one of the rarest pieces of Ming furniture.

Three Fold Baijiu Cocktail

45ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
20ml of Parfait Amour
10ml of maraschino
3 ice cubes
A twist of lemon

Put ice into an old fashioned glass and add rest of ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon twist, drink with a straw and enjoy!

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