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Chinese Altar Table

Regular Price: $8,200.00

Special Price: $4,100.00

This unusually solid and understated Chinese altar table dates to the early 19th Century and was found in Shanxi Province, China. It features a solid plank top and traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery. Though the wood is original, we believe that the ornamental apron trim (that almost all altar tables feature) is missing. The piece was fully restored and sealed in a modern lacquer. Altar tables like this (or wine tables) were often placed under ancestor portraits and were used for religious observances. Shanxi was a particularly wealthy province as it was a banking center for all of China. As patterns after the Qing Dynasty collapsed, Shanxi became a backwater overnight. Old mansions and furniture aged in place and were forgotten until trade resumed in the late 20th Century.
Origin | Chicago
Year Made | 19th Century
Material | Hard Wood
Dimensions | 94"W x 16"D x 34.5"H
ID | 21M03001
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