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Qing Dynasty Chinese Altar Table with Hoofed-Legs

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Qing Dynasty Chinese Altar Table with Hoofed-Legs

This elegant and minimalist early 19th-century table was probably used to hold wine jars or flower vases. Its slender legs, joined flush to the tabletop without an apron, terminate in Tang horse-hoof feet. The overall effect is extremely simple and elegant, in keeping with Ming design principles. The original dark lacquer surfaces are gently crackled and worn after longtime use. The underlying wood is Elm. There are no incense burn marks (or cigarette burns) as is typical, indicating that this slim piece was quite well taken care of. Though it is customary outside of China to call tables like this “altar tables” we do not believe this piece was ever used in this way, or not primarily. It was a graceful compliment to an aristocratic home.
Origin | Shanxi, China
Year Made | 19th Century
Material | Elm Wood & Lacquer
Dimensions | 68.5”W x 11.5”D x 33.5”H
ID | 19T08002
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