A pair of blue and white barrel-shaped garden seats, Chinese, Kangxi (1662-1722).

The central zone of the seats is painted with densely packed lotus meander and is pierced on opposite sides, with two overlapping cash symbols embellished with swastika diaper.

The sides between the apertures are each applied with a lion mask terminal and two bands of raised studs separate this section from the upper and lower zones which are decorated with a brocade design of blossom scattered on a stippled ground, 47cm high.

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: ‘the West Dressing room….two blue and white china stools.’


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