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The rectangular tops inlaid with marquetry sections of box wood forming a geometric pattern and framed by a frieze of similar design in ivory and hardwood. The sides of the top are inlaid into hardwood with ivory sections carved with a trellis pattern centred by swastikas and further decorated at intervals with circular Shou characters, symbolising longevity. The narrow waist designed with an alternating and reversing shortened T form, outlined in hardwood and inlaid with ivory carved with scrolling lotus leaves. The apron also outlined in hardwood, the lower border with geometric scrolls, the main field exuberantly carved with ivory sections of scrolling lotus leaves and reeling Chilong dragons, each side centred by a lotus flower from which point the design flows. The cabriole legs of square section and positioned on the angle, the outward facing two sides inlaid with ivory, the carved design continuing down from the apron. At the top of each leg, carved in hardwood, is a stylised chimera mask, descending to a high winged knee, terminating in outward curving horse’s hoof feet.
For a similar example with the same elaborate inlaid marquetry top see: ‘Chinese Art’, The Minor Arts Vol II, Oldbourne press 1963, by Soame Jenyns and William Watson, figure 188.
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