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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: zitan wood
Dimensions: height: 89.2 cm, length: 165.5 cm, width: 38.7 cm

The table top is made of a single piece of zitan wood. Four braces back the top beneath. The apron under the "waist" (suoyao, the contracted part of a piece of Chinese furniture) supporting the table top is carved with Western style scrolling grass patterns. The four legs are fully decorated with Western style floral designs, ending with inward-curving horse hoof feet.
  The table is made of large timber. The generous curve of the horse-hoof feet give the table weight. A characteristic of Cantonese furniture is that it spares no expense for timber. No matter how wide the curve of a table or chair leg, carpenters preferred to carve from a whole piece of wood rather than piece together small timbers.

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