Low Square Table with Double Coin Carvings

Shandong Province, C19th

Dimensions: W:97 D:97 H:50.5 (cm)
Reference: T317A


  • Description

    This table was originally taller as was a dining table: it was repurposed and legs shortened to the more adaptable dimensions of an exceptional coffee table. Remnants of original lacquer remain.

    The table surface is supported underneath by moulding and an open framework apron with struts and carvings of double interlocked circles representing fortuitous double coin motifs, which give it a sense of lightness and definition.

    As it was originally a dining table, it followed the square shape; equal sides meaning equal seating.  This is a deliberate means to remove rank and hierarchy, unusual in China, allowing for full and informal participation between all at the table without emphasis on formal or ritual status, such as the altar table.  

    Square tables were therefore used for eating or games, and are associated with pleasure and communal gatherings. Some form are known as baxian zhou, or the “eight immortals table.” 

    In a country repeatedly suffering famine and floods, the appreciation of having sufficient food and people to share it with is culturally deeply engrained, so much so that the most common greeting is “have you eaten?” (ne chifan le ma.)

    The square table is one of the oldest forms of furniture, earliest depictions being from the Western Zhou period (1050-771BC.)

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…associated with pleasure and communal gatherings…

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