Walnut Altar Table from Gansu Province - 19thC - on rustic 'Y' legs. A new twist on an old design. Altar tables were used for ancestor worship in China. Usually a family ancestor portrait would be hung above the table & joss sticks lit & placed on the table for the wellbeing of the household. They were always long & narrow in form - a configuration seldom found in antique European furniture. Woods used are Elm, Red Elm, Walnut & more rarely Cypress & Pear Our pieces are mostly 19th century & early 20th century.
190 x 30 x 85 (w x d x h cms)
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