A pair of brown lacquer tables with gilt decoration
Qianlong period, 1736-1795, China
清乾隆 1736-1795 中國
Height: 85.5 cm, 33.7 inches - Length: 141 cm, 55.5 inches
高85.5釐米 - 長141釐米
Of rectangular form, the table tops are supported by a waisted apron above four square section straight legs that terminate in a hoof-shaped foot. They are painted overall in a dark brown lacquer, with gilded designs on a red base – the latter showing through in parts to create a three-colour design. Their tops are decorated with three shaped panels depicting birds amongst flowering plants – against a fretwork ground; these are all bordered by a rectangular frame, divided by shaped panels containing flower sprays – against a diaper ground. The waisted apron is cut out with elongated oval openings – each centered by an openwork scrolling triangle. Painted scrolling leaves, lotus and camellia flowers decorate the lower section of the apron and the legs; the latter are strengthened by open fretwork corner brackets and the sides by single high stretchers. Being made from softwood, the tables are light and, therefore, easy to transport.
Chinese Furniture, by Michel Beurdeley, Kodansha International, 1979 – figure 182.
The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), no. 54, The Commercial Press (Hong Kong) Ltd. 2002 – plate 89.