Posted 4 years ago
I got this item from someone's trash. It was put out with some other folding outdoor chairs that I stopped to salvage for my son & his wife.
Once I took a better look at this piece when I got home I realized that this was nothing ordinary. Is is super soft to the touch, and it appears that it is handmade. The hardware is nothing modern that I've seen. It functions wonderfully too, better that modern folding tables & chairs. It's an absolute treat to look at the craftsmanship of this piece.
I have found similar folding stools and chairs online from the Ming Dynasty with similar hand carvings. Could this really be that old?? Those other items I have found online are made of huanghuali which is a rosewood with a red tint or color. Underneath this stool I can see hints of a red color?
I am stumped. I contacted a very reputable auction house in Columbus, Ohio & they would not even take money for an appraisal because they don't see enough Asian Antiques to learn them!
If anyone can think of any resources where I can look for info. that would be wonderful. I feel like I have reached the end of the internet! LOL! :)