Red Lacquer Kang Table

c. 1900
$880 USD
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W: 22.0" D: 13.0" H: 7.75"
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During winter in the colder provinces of China, life revolved around the kang, a heated brick platform that household members would sit or recline upon. Placed on top of the kang, low tables provided a convenient surface for dining, drinking tea, or playing games.

This early 20th century kang table features a rectangular floating-panel top, a waisted apron with oblong cutouts, and short bowed legs at each corner. The apron is carved with cloud-form ruyi motifs that connect to a beaded edge running down each leg. A warm red lacquer finish decorates the exterior, now gently faded from a century of use.

Lacquer has minor discoloration due to water and heat exposure.

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