This lacquered table was designed and constructed in Fujian Province, the Peoples Republic of China. It was most likely employed for serving snacks and displaying special objects. The table’s front-facing drawers are decorated with pairs of nine, red-lacquered diamonds surrounded by a dramatic, black diamond border – flanked by chrysanthemum flowers in either corner. Centered between the two drawers is a vase displaying the same flower, indicating the importance of chrysanthemums in Fujian culture. Beneath the two drawers, the apron head spandrel is carved in a typical, Chinese cloud design, while the lattice work on the footrest is shaped in a simple, geometric pattern. This table is constructed with long legs to withstand the damp floors and seasonal flooding in southern China.
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