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Low square plum red lacquered table with dragon spandrels

Origin: Shandong province

    19th century
    • elm wood
    • 795mm wide x 795mm deep x 380mm high

    These tables were made for large platform beds called a kang. People sat and slept on the kang during winter months because the kang was heated from underneath. Furniture like this table was a centrepiece used for meals, casual drinks and playing games.

    This table has openings under the waist to add a sense of lightness. The dragon head carved spandrels represent the emperor and symbolise strength and authority. The legs finish in horse hoof feet.

    In our modern homes it is often used as a coffee table, its age offering a counterpoint to our modern lounges. Traditional Chinese joinery means it is strong and stable guaranteed to give a lifetime of service.