AGE: – Circa 1880’s
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Circa 1880 Chinese Wedding Sedan Chair
HEIGHT: – More than 2 metres, Panels separate pieces
DEPTH: – 109cm from front to back
WEIGHT:– Very Heavy
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A Decorative Circa 1880 Chinese Wedding Sedan Chair decorated with figures depicting scenes from daily life. Originally called “Jiaoyu” (meaning shoulder carriage in Chinese). A sedan chair such as this was used before the introduction of modern vehicles to carry the bride to the home of the groom for the wedding ceremony.
Traditionally the groom bearing gifts to the brides home would customarily lead the procession from her home accompanied by attendants and musicians to the sounds of drums, gongs, firecrackers and other loud musical instruments. The groom traditionally would be accompanied by a child as a good omen, hopeful that his bride will bear many sons during their marriage.
Sedan chairs were also used as a mode of transport during those early days in China as well as many other countries in Europe and the middle east.
The wedding chair which was used to carry the bride was always traditionally coloured red. Decoration was dependent on the wealth of the family, the wealthier the family the more highly decorated was the wedding chair.
Sedan Chairs in China similar to this are still sometimes used in wedding ceremonies.