Half Moon Elm Table
Hebei circa 1900
Original semi-circular or 'half moon' tables like this one are relatively rare. They were originally made in pairs, the two parts designed to lock together with sliding, slotted loose tenons to form a circular table. This table is made of elm and was sourced from Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing. The aprons and legs are decorated with beautiful carved flower patterns and stylized scrolling tendrils and are supported with low stretchers. Note the curved frame for the table top, made from three sections fitted together with pressure-pinned joints similar to those seen on the curved backs of horseshoe armchairs. An unusual piece that would fit easily into a reception room today as a useful console or display table.
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