Rose chairs are often seen among armchairs in Ming dynasty, with vertical back and arms and horizontal seat. These chairs are of small size and delicate materials, thus looking light and flexible. They can be dated back to a type of armchairs with arms and back at the same height in Song Dynasty, and later they were modified to be the ones we see from the picture. Armchairs with arms and back of the same height are very common in paintings passed down from Song Dynasty; with their arms lower, they would look very similar to the popular rose chairs in Ming Dynasty.
The armchair herein is a typical rose chair. The four posts are all made of a whole piece of timber, which is a traditional process in making ancient furniture, referring to that for some furniture, legs, waist, apron and spandrel are all made out of one piece of timber. The top rail is directly on the top of rear legs, and an arc-shaped apron is mounted within the frame of the back, falling directly on the horizontal straight support. The apron on the hollowed-out back is carved with grass and flower patterns, echoing the shape and design of the hollow. Trihedral aprons are mounted beneath the arms, falling also on the horizontal support. Pillar-shaped struts are mounted to support the trihedral straight supports, and an arc-shaped apron is mounted underneath the seat to form a hollow, falling on the front horizontal support. Arms are horizontally extending from the rear posts and then vertically falling onto the seat. The overall design is square and vigorous, but natural and smooth, which makes the chair herein a typical Ming rose chair.