Vernacular Side Table with Inverted Sword Legs

Jiangsu Province, C19th

Dimensions: W:170.5 D:40 H:85 (cm)
Reference: T296


  • Description

    A  classical vernacular form which serves well as an entrance table, or side table.  It is distinguished by “inverted sword” legs, a strong  piece of carpentry evolved from the Five Dynasty and Ten Kingdoms period (907-23).

    In connecting the slightly splayed legs to the apron, the inserted shoulder joint construction that joins leg to apron visually resembles the tip of a sword. 

    Delicate everted flanges lighten the top, while the curvilinear apron is deeply cut to reveal small delicate and fortuitous cloud spandrels. 

    Fine beading runs along the edges of the apron and legs, which accentuates the vertical axis. This is complemented by the double incense stick beading, raised in relief, down the centre of the legs ending in a fortuitous gourd shape. The table stands on delicate small lotus pad like feetTraces of the original lacquer remain throughout. 

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…elaborate but understated decoration…

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