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Ming Dynasty Elm Wood Altar Table

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Ming Dynasty Elm Wood Altar Table

This long and graceful Chinese altar table features a rich oxblood patina that has darkened greatly with age. Oxblood is one of the three traditional Chinese lacquers. Red and black lacquers are fully opaque. Oxblood lacquer, however, is translucent and displays the beautiful wood grain below. Oxblood lacquer is made from actual ox blood dissolved into natural tree sap lacquer. This piece is from Fujian, China and is from the Ming dynasty. It features clean lines and a beautifully aged original patina. An additional note about the patina: it is unusually original. Very few all-original, unmodified and unenhanced pieces are now found in China. All wear is "plausible," that is logical and well-supported by close observation and examination.
Origin | Fujian, China
Year Made | Ming Dynasty
Material | Elm Wood
Dimensions | 108.25"W x 18.25"D x 35.5"H
ID | 181129C101
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