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Period: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: wood, bamboo
Artist(s): Imperial Workshops

Dimensions: height: 30.5 cm, foot diameter: 13.7 cm

This wooden hat stand is inlaid with bamboo strips all over except for the fumigating box at the top, the bottom of the drum-shaped base, and the four feet that have bamboo veneer. The edge of the umbrella top, the joint between the stick and the base, and the edges of the base are all decorated with square spiral patterns in dyed black bamboo strips. The mallow-blossom décor on the stick and the base are a particularly intricate technique: some of the dark bamboo veneer strips are removed and then inlaid with lighter color bamboo veneer.   
  Such a stand would be placed on the table for supporting a hat. It indicates an extravagant life. Exquisitely made, this hat stand suggests a superior piece of court furnishing.

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