A veneered huanghuali inset leg table, the top of usual mitred, mortice and tenon construction with a flush three board flush floating panel with exposed tenons in the short rails and three dovetailed transverse stretchers tenoned into the long rails. The outside edge of the frame cut with a square shoulder curving down to a another square moulding below. The round legs are double morticed into the long rails of the frame splay in both front and side elevation. The legs are cut to receive the mitred and half-lapped long aprons which are also dovetail wedged into the underside of the frame top. The short end aprons are mitred and dovetailed to the long aprons. The legs are joined by oval section stretchers made of catalpa.
There are signs of re-used timber to the underside not visible to the top because of the veneers.
Qing dynasty, probably 18th century
Because of the unusual use of veneers, rarely found on tables although more frequently found on compound cabinets and the signs of re-used timber it is difficult to be precise on the dating of this table but the shape of the apron spandrels would indicate an 18th century date for its construction.
Nicholas Grindley, London, 1980’s
Private collection, New York & Florida