ALTAR TABLES

 

 
 

1. A handsome antique Chinese nanmu altar coffer of mitered mortise and tenon construction with three drawers above a large double door cabinet. The ice plate top (cantilevered) is finished at either end with everted flanges 'qiaotou', commonly called birdswings. Attractive tapered spandrels from the top to the feet are carved in relief with flowering gourd vines, a symbol of abundance. There is a calligraphic inscription, dedicating the coffer that reads Lung Xun or Dragon Prosperity. A wish for the auspicious Dragon to bring prosperity. Circular bronze drawer and cabinet mounts. Circa 1780.

Measuring 33 ¼" high by 73 ¾" wide by 18 ¾" deep.

 

         
         
 
 

2. A handsome antique Chinese 'Nanmu' southern elm altar coffer of mitered mortise and tenon construction with two drawers above a large double door cabinet. The ice plate top (cantilevered) is finished at either end with everted flanges ‘qiaotou’, commonly called birdwings. Attractive tapered spandrels from the top to the feet are pierced stylized hydra (sea dragons). Circular bronze drawer and cabinet mounts. Republic period.

Measuring 33 ½” high by 53” wide by 17 ¾” deep.

 

         
         
 
 

3. A massive yumu 18th century altar table constructed of a large solid plank top with everted flange ends. The corner spandrels and apronwork are detailed in raised guazhi interlocking patterns. The legs are secured to the top by an "inserted shoulder joint". The legs are further structurally secured by cross bracketing and end panels. Both sides of each end panel are detailed in raised pearled design of stylized ruyi (sacred fungus).

Measuring 35" high (33 ½" to tabletop) by 107" wide by 17 ¼" deep.

 

         
         
 
 

4. A large antique Chinese altar table, the top finishing at either end with traditional 'qiaotou' (everted flange). The apron and spandrels are relief carved with foliate gourds and vines, a symbol of abundance. The legs are recessed and bridged by bridal joints that cross bracket and ensure the stability of the table. Between these brackets are beautifully carved pierced panels of the gourd and vine motif. Circa 1880.

Measuring 33" high by 98" wide by 22" deep.

 
         
         
 
 

5. A long, massive antique Chinese altar table of classical proportions from the Shanxi Region. Such a table would be placed against the back wall of a large hall or temple, where it would have served to display censers, candle holders and offering vases. The construction is of traditional mortis and tendon mitered joinery. The top is made from a thick solid timber and is finished at either end in everted flanges or ‘qiaotou’ (bird wing). The apron spandrels are shaped as large ruyi cloud heads with pierced, pearled edge detail. The legs are well grounded on a raised foot with interlocking cross panels carved in relief on the exterior with temple lions and the 5 bats of happiness surrounding a longevity symbol. There are still traces of the old lacquer on the apron, legs and end panels. Northern Elm (Yumu). 17th Century, Kangxi Period (1662-1722).

Measuring 39 ¾” (36” to tabletop) high by 132 ½” wide by 15 ¾” deep.

 

         
         
 
 

6. A rare antique Japanese altar table of stunning red lacquer with hand engraved gilt bronze fittings. Calligraphic inscription on the surface is a commemorative dedication naming the families who commissioned the creation of this altar for the temple. The long top finishes with everted bird-wing flanges and is detailed with engraved bronze gilt fittings. The apron is decorated with a deep relief carving of temple lions and peony blossoms and further accentuates the curvilinear aesthetic with stylized celestial cloud patterns edged in gold. The legs are a bold cabriole finishing in scrolled feet that rest on a raised dais that is embellished with engraved bronze fittings and gold leaf inset panels of crashing waves. A central bronze gilt engraved medallion displays the Kashi (oak leaf) Heraldic crest, or Mon, that is most closely associated with the Kubota or Matsuda clans. Circa 1930's.

Measuring 20" high by 36 ½" wide by 15 ½" deep.