FROM A LONG ISLAND NEW YORK ESTATE. ANTIQUE CHINESE CEREMONIAL GONG FU TEA TABLE, ORNATELY CARVED FROM GOLDEN CAMPHOR ROOT.I CONTACTED AN APPRAISER WHO SPECIALIZES IN CHINESE FURNITURE AND HE BELIEVES THAT THIS PIECE IS PROBABLY FROM THE MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY, AND I WAS TOLD THIS IS A RARE FIND IN THE USA. YOU MAY NEVER COME UPON ANOTHER TABLE LIKE THIS AGAIN!!! I WAS ALSO TOLD THAT THE TABLE MOST LIKELY HAD 6 ROOT STOOLS TO SIT ON DURING THE TEA SERVICE. THE CARVING IS OF A RECLINING BUDDHA HOLDING A CUP WITH BAMBOO/VINES AND WHAT LOOKS TO ME LIKE A CHERRY BRANCH WITH LOTUS PODS WHICH EDGE THE VARIOUS TIERS. THERE IS ALSO A SMALL POCKET NEAR BUDDHA'S FOOT THAT HAS TWO CARVED INSECTS. It consists of carving and polishing tree. Using roots to make necessities has been practiced since primitive society. Like other artistic crafts, art of roots produced from primitive labor. The earliest root carvings show up in the Warring States period. Dynasties, root carving works not only prevailed in folk, but they were also cherished by the governing class.
In the Tang dynasty, people laid emphasis on the natural forms of roots, cleverly taking advantage of the effect of corrosion and moth-eaten. Dynasties, art of root carving not only developed in the court and folk, but also appeared in grottoes and temples. Roots were used to carve the statues of the. Always comparing favorably with the.
Involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of. It is probably based on the tea preparation approaches originated in. The term literally means "making tea with skill". THE TABLE MEASURES 5 FOOT LONG BY 31 AT THE WIDEST.
THE LOWEST TIER IS 16 INCHES FROM THE FLOOR AND THE HIGHEST TIER IS 28 INCHES FROM THE FLOOR. MY BEST GUESS IS THAT IT WEIGHS ABOUT 130 to 160 lbs. THE TABLE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION FOR ITS AGE. THERE ARE SOME SPLITS THAT HAVE OCCURRED AS THE WOOD DRIED, BUT THERE ARE NO "LOOSE" PARTS AND THE TABLE IS 100% STRUCTURALLY SOUND. FREE LOCAL PICK-UP IS ALSO AVAILABLE (WITH A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF COST).
The item "Rare ANTIQUE CHINESE CEREMONIAL GONG FU TEA TABLE CARVED WOOD CAMPHOR ROOT" is in sale since Monday, April 1, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Tables". The seller is "debpigeon" and is located in Northport, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.