Large Rose Wood Side Table

Jiangsu Province, late C19th

Dimensions: W:196.5 D:35.5 H:86 (cm)
Reference: T287


  • Description

    The long side (or altar) table is to many cognescenti the most important formal furniture in Chinese homes. It adapts particularly well to contemporary interiors.

    This piece has the austere luminosity characteristic of visually impressive rose wood. Its stature suggests it was a significant piece in a prominent household.  

    The beautiful grain of the thick single plank table top has elegant and understated everted ends. The legs are slightly flared and given strength by both footbase and inset panels decorated by large and dramatic fortuitous ruyi carvings. The front of all legs are slightly bevelled with beaded sides. Traces of lacquer remain.

    This piece is from Jiangsu, possibly its capital Nanjing, which was China’s capital in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and remained the designated capital of Southern China after the dynastic capital moved to Beijing. 

    Western collectors often call this table style an altar table. This is a misnomer, as the eminent Chinese furniture historian Sarah Handler makes clear, as it was used in a wide variety of non-religious roles within the house. In C17th they were called “bizhou” or “wall table” . Handler calls them side tables, being multi functional and designed to be seen in the round.  

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  • Over many years I have found Sharon’s treasure trove of Chinese furniture a wonderful insight into China’s history and heritage. Each piece tells a story of bygone days and I only wish I had more space to accommodate even more items.

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    Peter and Joanna Ruddock
  • I have a modern house and the clean lines of antique Chinese furniture suit it very well. The occasional red lacquer piece looks striking, such as a coffer I use as a sideboard in my dining area. I particularly love a pair of narrow, columnar walnut Gansu cabinets and I think they will enhance a contemporary walnut dining table I am awaiting delivery. I like the visual interest of old wood and mixing old and new adds character to a decor.

    Tina MacFarlane

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