Chinese Kang Table with Drawers
Hebei, circa 1900
This lovely little table is from Hebei province - the region around Beijing. It is made from elm wood, like much of the furniture produced in northern China, and would have been used originally as an everyday surface on the heated 'kang' platform that formed the main living space during the colder months. The raised 'flanges' at each end of the top surface suggest that it would also have been used for offerings to ancestors. The table has three small drawers, with the space behind the lower panels accessible only by removing these. Carved spandrels at each side taper out to meet the upward pointing flanges, adding a decorative element and giving a lovely, fluid shape to the table. Perfect today as a coffee table or as a stand for a TV.