Low Three Drawer Elm Table
Shanxi, circa 1900
This old table would be great as a narrow coffee table in front of a sofa, with useful storage space inside each of the three drawers. It is from Shanxi in central China, where it would most likely have been used as an everyday surface, placed on the heated kang platform that formed the main living space in the colder months. Once in a red lacquer, traces of the original finish are still visible, but this has largely worn away to show the wood below, with all the marks, knocks and character formed over years of use.
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