Narrow Antique Elm Console
Shanxi, circa 1860
This long, narrow table dates from the mid nineteenth century and was produced in Shanxi province. It would make a lovely console today for displaying photos or a vase of flowers. The table is made from elm wood, with the original reddish brown lacquer still in place on the legs and apron, but largely worn on the top surface. Traces of lacquer are sill visible in sections of the top, in a crackled, worn pattern that gives a wonderful patina. There are other marks and signs of long years of use, including what appears to be a burn mark towards one side of the top.
In a classic 'An' table style, the legs are recessed with the table top extending over them and supported by double stretchers. The ends of the tenon joints, where the top of the legs slot into the thick top surface, are clearly visible in a darker colour against the worn table top. Originally used either as an altar table or for more general display, this is an original, authentic piece with all of its old character intact.
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