Early 19th Century Chinese Garden Seat


  • £1,400.00
  • €1,680 Euro
  • $1,907 US Dollar

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Early 19th Century Chinese Garden Seat

19th Century or earlier, 44cm x 32cm (17.3 x 12.5 inches).

This glazed stoneware seat is a very rare antique example, striking and unusual in form and colour. The emerald green glaze is about the most attractive we have seen. Finely crackle glazed and translucent with blue, turquoise and purple tones all coming out of the firing. The seat top, with it's variegated tones and complex craquelure has real depth.

These marvellous stools have been used in China for 1000 years, and exported to the west for around 300. Evolving out of the Buddhist garden tradition, where natural elements like tree stumps and smooth rocks were used as seats, by the Song Dynasty (960-1279), these types of stools were used both indoors and outdoors as casual seating. Indoor stools were typically portable and made out of wood, while outdoor furniture, needing to withstand the elements, began to be made out of glazed stoneware.

This example, around 200 years old, will probably withstand outdoor conditions, but we would recommend it for the home. These versatile and elegant stools make a wonderful addition to any modern interior as side tables or seating.

Overall excellent, with original firing and glaze imperfections. A couple of small nibbles of later damage, please see images. We have far too many images to include on the listing, please see extra images on the Google drive link here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pnQkMzOU2BMUCGxRlD07LyHH4TqjLsAi/view?usp=sharing

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  • H: 44cm (17.32in)
  • W: 32cm (12.60in)
  • D: 32cm (12.60in)


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We are Rebecca Roche and Alex Coward.

Our background is in the visual arts, and we value craftsmanship and skill in all things.  This love for quality and beauty, and the scarcity of it in so much of modern manufacturing, has led us to this venture: A Bohemian boutique offering rare, unusual antiques, art pieces and vintage items for the home and garden.


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We source items from across the ages, from 18th Century Asia to 20th Century Europe.  We want to help you create bespoke interiors, to mix and match; to provide an eclectic, rich, opulent and exotic living environment.


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