17th C, walnut, Shanxi. Pair shows classical simple and elegant Ming style. Walnut high price wood in China through ages.
33½” h. 41 “ w. 20½ d.
This half-round tables exhibit an elegant traditional style and are crafted in a quality wood, the walnut. According to the guru of Chinese antique furniture, Wang Shixiang, any walnut furniture sourced from the Shanxi region in the early period generally demonstrates refined workmanship and are extremely rare and valuable. This pair of half-round tables is a good example.
These tables are of traditional high-waisted style. The perimeter edge of the top frame is shaped with a “water-stopping” molding and edged with pronounced beading at the bottom. The frame houses several board panels, supported underneath by transverse braces with tenons penetrating to the edge of the top frame. The waisted form is fitted with deeply cusped and arched aprons which are beaded at the hemline and down the sides of the legs. Penetrating between the apron are the ‘sword-ridge” molded ends of four graceful cabriole legs slandering downward to terminate in hoof-feet standing on a base stretcher. Original dark lacquer is faded a little on the table top, otherwise the pair is in excellent condition.
Half-round tables are considered some of the most beautiful pieces of Chinese furniture made in China. They were often used as bases for heavy sculptural or ritual objects for a large temple or the hallway of elite homes. The pair’s simple elegance makes it easy to fit in any decor, traditional or contemporary.