Mar 4, 2014
Mar 4, 2014

Side Table with Everted Ends

Side Table with Everted Ends

late 1500s–1600s

China, Ming dynasty


Redwood veneer and camphor wood

Overall: 88 x 51.8 cm (34 5/8 x 20 3/8 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1955.42


The classic Chinese furniture is an art of carpentry and joinery, which makes use of a mortise-and-tenon framework. Design and craftsmanship, coupled with the organic material of the hardwood, create endless aesthetic possibilities. This side table is beautifully carved with cloud-collar spandrels on the aprons as well as openwork panels with cloud-collar patterns inset between the legs and the feet. The table has a narrow top in proportion to its length and bears the detail of the upturned ends that makes it more formal, and possibly used as an altar table.

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