A 19thC Chinese Lacquered Circular Dining Table

Origin: Macau, China
Period: Late 19thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1890-1900
Height: 33”
Diameter: 57.5”

The good quality and rather unusual circular table, of two sections interlocking together, the thick top displaying a super chestnut plum colour and showing the joints, an especially hard skill to undertake, standing on six tubular legs united by stretchers, the whole with a glowing lacquer, and surviving from late nineteenth century China and most probably the Macau district.

The condition of the table is solid, stable and sound. The interlocking mechanism is in working order and we have administered a light polishing to bring out the details that the craftsman chose to display. Our restorer believes the top to be in sycamore and the bases to be in ash.

When this table was last purchased in Paris some decades ago the vendor described it as maybe ex-Macao, possibly from a trading merchant which makes sense given Macao is ex-Portuguese protectorate, and there’s a definite east- west accent. The legs are akin to the 18thc alter tables one sees at high prices.

Furniture produced in China from the 16th to the 19th centuries reflects a wealthy society that was full of formally while appreciating quality and style. This table falls into the category of the Guangzhou type of furniture (广式家具), which incorporated western influence and was formed in the 19th century.

An interesting and possibly unique fusion of a table which is ready for daily use.