An inset leg bridle joint huanghuali table, the rectangular top of standard mitred, mortice and tenon construction with flush mounted two plank tongue and grooved floating panel top with exposed tenons in the short rails and five dovetailed transverse stretchers tenoned into the long rails. There is a small semi-circular patch to one outer edge of the frame. The edge of the mitred frame has a softly moulded section with a moulded bottom edge. The splay round legs are double morticed into the long members of the frame and are cut to fit over the mitred shaped spandrels of the apron, the long members of which are dovetail wedged into the top rails. Between the legs at each end are two oval section rails tenoned into the legs which are also splayed to the end elevation. The end aprons (replaced) are dovetailed to the long aprons, the underside showing signs of the original lacquer coating. Tape has been applied to the underside to hide the shrinkage between the boards at one end.
Late Ming / early Qing dynasty,17th century.
Nicholas Grindley, London, 1997
Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg Collection, Montréal (2002 – 2019)
Karen Thomson, ed., The Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg Collection, Montreal, 2015, pl. 174.