Five Drawer Antique Console
Shanxi, circa 1880
This elegant table has five useful drawers for storage, making it ideal as a console in a hallway or as a desk or dressing table. It was made in Shanxi province in central China and is still in its original black finish, now worn and aged to a beautiful patina. The top surface and lower section of the legs, ending in delicate horse hoof feet, show the paler elm wood beneath the finish. The table would most likely have been used as a desk or work surface originally, and is in a style know in Chinese as 'zhuo', made with legs flush to the table ends and with a frame and panel construction. The wonderful patina resulting from years of use gives the table a lovely, warm, character and sense of a life lived.
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