Fine Asian Furniture & Art
Circa: Mid-Qing (Qing Era 1644 – 1912 CE)
Dimensions: 43.5w x 36.25h x 12.5d
Color: Red lacquer
Condition: Very good, minor restoration
Often called a ribbon or scroll table because of its continuous design, these tables were typically lacquered. And this lacquer is in very good condition. The subtle stylized and highly refined hook (flange) on the inner thigh of each leg is unusual and establishes this table's uniquely pleasing personality. This table would have come from a home of substance and educated taste; one that could afford a table whose function was to display cherished objects such as a qin.
The qin (ch’in) is a horizontal seven string music instrument. Throughout Chinese history, the qin has been the most important symbolic musical instrument. Since Confucian times (6th century BCE.), qin playing, considered the first of the Four Gentlemanly Accomplishments, was regarded as a sign of enlightenment. By the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 CE), the qin had developed into a significant icon for the literati, who saw its mere possession as an indication of intellect and refinement.