A huanghuali altar table with phoenix carvings
17th century, Late Ming to Early Qing Dynasty
L.146 x W.41 x H.86.5 cm
長.146 x 寬.41 x 高.86.5 公分
In the formal central hall of a traditional Chinese home in the 17th century, a long narrow altar table was frequently positioned against the back wall, in front of handing scrolls and flanked by two chairs. The splayed legs of this altar table have concave beading and are joined by double stretchers. The spandrels are carved as a stylized phoenix with a crest.
Huanghuali furniture is one of the best antique Chinese furniture. The wood is a super rare hardwood with beautiful grain and glowing reddish-brown or golden-yellow colors. Its elegant designs are all by scholars.