A late 19th century provincial Chinese stool has nice lines and a shaped seat. The Chinese were especially inventive with stool designs, and there are hundreds of styles of antique Chinese stools, from simple to ornate. Their portability made them as useful for a street barber as they were for a scholar’s house. This one has a handsome elm slab seat that shows evidence of long use. A look at the bottom of the legs indicates that two of them most likely have been replaced, as is frequently the case with provincial furniture. This piece is solid and conveys the authentic feeling of old provincial China. Dimensions: height 20” (51 cm), width 19” (48 cm), depth 15 ½” (39 cm).