Hongmu Altar Table
Hongmu Altar Table, China, 19th century, rectangular top above a narrow straight waist with long horizontal openings, placed on a wider frame with carved bands of lotus petal lappets around a rounded top, with bats amongst palmette scrolls bordering the straight apron and legs with hoof feet, the apron decorated with jade carvings of lotus flowers alternating with various auspicious symbols within a reticulated ground of geometric honeycomb patterns in a rectangular reserve defined with a band of meander design, metal brackets to the four joints of the frame and leg, openwork wood brackets to eight corners of legs and apron, 34 3/4 x 50 3/8 x 26 1/4 in.
minor age cracks to wood, small chip to a corner of the veneer, one of wood openwork brackets reattached.
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