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Itinerant Barber's Bench, Qing

Itinerant Barber's Bench, Qing


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1900: Item # 321080

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This low bench with four drawers was used by a street barber in 19th century China as a portable stool for his customers, to carry his tools and as a money box. Since such benches essentially served as the barber's shop, they were solidly built, generally with widely splayed legs, and usually with some decorative touches. Note the carving along the bottom edges. For an old illustration of a barber carrying a similar bench on one end of a long pole, balanced on the other end by a small stove for heating water, see "Friends of the House: Furniture from China's Towns and Villages," by Nancy Berliner and Sarah Handler, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, p. 53. The bench is in good condition and remains quite sturdy, while the surface shows evidence of its street use. Dimensions: height 18" (46 cm), width 17-1/2" (45 cm), depth 11-1/2" (29 cm). PLEASE SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM