Chinese, 19th century, possibly earlier. Carved, polychrome and parcel gilt wood figural sculpture depicting a seated courtly figure, possibly Emperor with gilt cap, and robe with stylized clouds and dragons throughout. Figure with rounded face, elongated earlobes and pleasant facial expression. Man with rounded belly, hand resting on bent knee, opposite hand at level of torso with palm facing up. Back side of throne with remnants of polychrome. Apparently unmarked. Approximate height 14.5", width 7.5", depth 5.2".
Vertical shrinkage crack to front (see images 1 & 6). Polychrome & gilt finish with obvious chips. Possible repair to vulnerable areas (hand & top of hat). Obvious paint loss to face & body (see images 8 & 9).