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Tea stands with drawer

Origin: Shandong province

19th century

  • elm wood
  • 325mm wide x 325mm deep x 855mm high

These stands are relatively small in size and would have been designed to match with ladies chairs. They are finely crafted and rare in style.

Below the drawer there is a geometric spiral motif, which symbolizes long life. The wave motif appears on the sides of the middle tray and the spandrels below. It is a symbol for abundance and prosperity.

The deep drawer and bordered middle shelf provide convenient and secure storage for tea serving instruments and treats.