The lacquer attractively oxidised in areas due to age. Likely manufactured within the Ryukyu Islands.
Lacquer furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl is first mentioned in Song dynasty texts, such as the 12th century. Which reports that pieces of mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture from Wenzhou and Hangzhou were among a group of ceremonial objects sent to the emperor by the prefect of Zhenjiang. This small table intended for use on the Kang (heated sleeping platform) is a fine example of Qing dynasty lacquer furniture. The decorative style that adorns this table was most likely inspired by Chinese ink painting, with soft shell inlaying reaching its peak within the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. Considering the delicate nature of mother-of-pearl and the difficulties with preserving it, extant examples in pristine conditions are rare.
Compare a related mother-of-pearl inlaid low table, kang, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century, in the Okayama Art Museum, the apron similarly decorated with two foliate cartouches reserved on a diaper ground but enclosing floral sprays, illustrated in Exhibition of Mother-of-Pearl Inlay in Chinese Lacquer Art: Focused on the Works from 14th to 17th Centuries , Tokyo, 1979, no. Another related low table, kang , Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century, in the Tokyo National Museum exhibition Chinese Mother-of-Pearl Decorated Lacquer, Tokyo, 1981, cat. 72, supported on similar scrolling feet but connected with stretchers (see attached image). A relatable piece is currently being offered by Ben Janssens Oriental Art. (L)60 x (W)36 x (H)15cm.The condition is fine, consistent with the estimated age and the material used. Subtracting 25% from each additional item.
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