Elm Wood Shanxi Table
Shanxi, circa 1850
This gorgeous table dates from the mid 19th century and is from Shanxi in central China. It is made from elm wood and is in a highly original condition, beautifully made and still with its original finish - the once dark lacquer now largely worn to show the paler wood beneath. The construction is in a classic Ming design, with legs that taper down slightly to elegant horse hoof feet. The top surface is waisted and the stretchers on all four sides are in a typical 'S' shape, linked to the upper part of the table with six delicately carved 'double coin' symbols to denote wealth and prosperity. The quality of the table suggests that it would have been made for a member of the upper echelons of Chinese society and, other than the lacquer, which has worn to a lovely patina, it remains in excellent condition.