330 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654 United States 312.755.1266
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Qing Dynasty Chinese Altar Table

Origin China
Period 18th Century
Materials Elm Wood
W. 100 in; H. 37 in; D. 10 in;
W. 254 cm; H. 93.98 cm; D. 25.4 cm;
Condition Fair. Wear consistent with age and use
Description 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 Shanxi, China and is from the early Qing Dynasty period. It features clean lines and a beautifully aged original patina. Can be used as a sofa table, console table, or an altar table.

The altar table has clean, simple lines that are wonderfully contradicted by elegantly carving, billowing ruyi. Cloud motif leg stretchers. 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. Even the light coloration on the feet is appropriate; Northern Chinese pieces often rested on damp floors, leaking minerals into the first few inches of the legs. The top is gently worn as befits an altar or wine table. Today the piece is ideal as a console under a large pain ting or as a sofa table.
Styles / Movements Asian, Other, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number 18T05191
Incollect Reference Number 295709
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