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Qing Dynasty Wine Table

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Qing Dynasty Wine Table

This long and elegant wine table was placed in a dining area and used ceremonially. It is made in the round-posted "scholar's" style favored in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is extremely simple and lacks any explicit decoration. Legs taper slightly to increase stability. The original oxblood lacquer is mostly missing and the surface patina is quite dry and chalky. It can be waxed for added luster. Scholars held a lofty position within pre-communist China’s hierarchical class system. The ability to read and write was a precious commodity enjoyed by a very small section of society namely, the section of society that could afford the services of a scholar. Scholars were most commonly found in large coastal cities like Beijing and Shanghai. However, there were scholars who taught in remote, rural provinces. They were employed by wealthy landowners, merchants, and members of the aristocracy. Consequently, scholar’s pieces, whether tables or display cabinets, are an especially fine category of Chinese antiques, made with the best of methods and the finest of materials. Scholar’s tables typically feature large surfaces and a height that is comfortable to work at while standing. These proportions could accommodate large scrolls for documents, calligraphy, and artwork.

Origin | China
Year Made | Early 19th Century
Material | Elm Wood
Dimensions | 76.75"W x 19.25"D x 32"H
ID | 292027C044
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