Qinghai Temple Table
Qinghai, circa 1900
This once brightly coloured table was originally used in a temple in the western province of Qinghai to hold offerings, and is of a style that these days is quite difficult to source. It would once have been much deeper but has been resized to make it a more practical piece of furniture in a modern home. The vibrant red and green lacquer on the front panel has worn whilst the paintings, which are faded but still visible, are all original and common to this type of piece. The main, circular painting on the front is now quite worn, but appears to show a figure riding a mythical beast. Further figures are set within a circle at the top of the table, flanked either side by a crane (a symbol of wisdom and longevity). The inside of the table is accessed by doors at each end, as well as upper drawers, providing plenty of space for storage.