Narrow Elm Wine Table
Shanxi, circa 1850
A beautiful, characterful table in a classic Chinese design referred to as 'An', with recessed legs that slot into the extended top surface. Tables like this one are often referred to as wine tables as they would have been used to serve refreshments, but they also provided more general display or work surfaces. Like much of the furniture from Shanxi that has survived the years, this one is in elm wood, with a gorgeous, deep grain showing on the thick plank top. The legs are moulded, fitting directly into the table top through a simple apron and spandrels at the front and back. Double stretchers support the legs on each side, with the ends of the tenon joints visible as is customary in Chinese furniture. Narrow in proportion but wider than most similar tables, this would make a wonderful console in a modern setting.
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