Chinese Qing Dynasty 19th Century Black Console Table with Carved Dragon Motifs
A Chinese Qing Dynasty period black lacquer altar console table from the early 19th century, with everted flanges, carved spandrels and openwork sides. Created in China during the Qing Dynasty in the early years of the 19th century, this console table was likely used as an altar, possibly dedicated to the traditional cult of the ancestors. The table features a narrow rectangular top flanked with typical everted flanges, sitting above a beautifully carved apron. The four spandrels attract indeed our immediate attention with their exquisite décor showcasing dragons surrounded by scrolling clouds, a particularly auspicious motif according the Chinese tradition.
The table, showcasing a black / dark brown lacquer with some wood coming through, is raised on four straight supports connected to one another through carved openwork motifs on the side panels. The back is bare, the table will therefore look at its best placed against a wall. With its great proportions and skillfully carved décor, this Chinese Qing Dynasty altar console table from the 19th century will make for an elegant addition to any home, particularly displayed in a living room, foyer or hallway.