Large Side Table with Carved Scrolling Dragons

Shanxi Province, C19th

Dimensions: W:227 D:35 H:87.5 (cm)
Reference: T353


  • Description

    This long, narrow ,single plank elm table with elaborate carvings follows the late Qing Dynasty style of intricate decoration, highlighting the dragon, symbolic of power and good fortune. 

    The dragons of the spandrels and inset panels are abstract pierced carvings executed with great skill. They represent the strongest yang (male) symbol, giving this table substantial presence and character. 

    In contrast, other parts are decorated with more subtlety.  There  are scalloped outside edges, beading along the apron, and mouldings along the horizontal edges that continue to the front of the legs. 

    Traces of original lacquer are visible. 

    This style of table with recessed legs, everted flanges and carved side panels is also known as an “altar table,” however this name can be misleading as this type of table is multifunctional and used for non religious purposes. Their form dates to extant ritual offering tables with similarly upturned ends dating to the Zhou Dynasty (1027-256 BC). 

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…wonderfully carved statement piece symbolic of power…

  • Rare genuine antiques
  • Highly appreciated sympathetic restoration
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