Four-legged table with apron on front and back and leg supports on sides; apron carved on front and back with scrolling organic designs; two drawers on front carved with flowering branches

Two-Drawer Table, 17th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

While useful for the storage of small items, recessed-leg tables with drawers do not appear often in late Ming woodcuts or paintings and relatively few have survived. The late Ming edition of the Lu Ban Ching carpenter's manual does, however, illustrate a woman using a two-drawer table like this one in combination with a mirror stand as a dressing table. The sumptuous carving of flowering plum branches on the drawer fronts is decoration appropriate to women's furniture.

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Title
Two-Drawer Table
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Artist
Accession Number
99.55a-c
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Four-legged table with apron on front and back and leg supports on sides; apron carved on front and back with scrolling organic designs; two drawers on front carved with flowering branches