Wanzai Table
GZ-789

ASKING PRICE:
GBP£ please enquire

DIMENSIONS MM:
H1160 X W2490 X D520
AGE:
about 1855
MATERIAL:
CAMPHOR AND HARDWOOD

PLACE SOURCED:
JIANGXI PROVINCE, CHINA

DESCRIPTION:
VERY RARE
GENUINE MUSEUM PIECE

This is a beautifully proportioned piece that I bought from a very reluctant seller in Zhejiang.
The table is from Wanzai township, Jiangxi Provence, China.
Made of Hardwood and Camphorwood
Height 116 cm   Width 249 cm   Depth 52 cm (roughly 8ft long x 4ft high x 2ft wide)

The table was commissioned about 1855 by a wealthy local businessman named Mr. Zhang as a gift and centrepiece for the Wanzai community building.

Wanzai was a very prosperous trading area in the Ming, and Qing Dynasties, and this table dates from the later part of the latter period.

Unusually, the table was designed to be appropriate for worship by followers of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.

During the Cultural Revolution the villagers avoided its confiscation by placing the table inside the Wanzai Communist Party Hall, face to the wall, (otherwise it would have been confiscated or destroyed by the Red Army).
My sourcing agents purchased the table in 2004 from the town chief (whom they suspect pocketed the money for himself).

Detailed photographs available on request.

MODIFICATIONS:
NONE

 
 
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