Chinese Opium Table

19th C, elm, found in Beijing.  28″ w, 17.5″ d, 15.5″ h.

This low table is an unique opium gadgets storing table.  It has a thick black-lacquered top that lifts up to reveal a storage compartment, and a side drawer that slides out to expose a shallow storage space with a small drawer and slots for paraphernalia at each end.  The table has a red-lacquered body recessed behind black lacquered beaded frame with humpback stretchers spanning the frame members.  These side members are decorated with relief-carving of angular scroll designs towards the bottom.  On each side of the table between the humpback stretcher and top frame member is a beautiful brass stylized ruyi cartouche.  This is a very unique piece and would make an interesting chair-side table.

Price: $2,100