Square games table inlaid with mother of pearl
18th / 19th century, China
Height: 91 cm, 35.8 inches, Width: 90cm x 90 cm, 35.4 x 35.4 inches
Footstool: Height: 17 cm, 6.7 inches, Width: 58 cm, 22.8 inches
Crafted in black and brown lacquer, the surface of this square table is ornately inlaid with mother of pearl roundels, shaped as cranes, dragons, peaches, flowers, and ruyis. Around the apron and legs are the “three friends” – plum blossom, pine and bamboo. These are of special significance - bamboo of ethical values and long life, pine of longevity, and plum blossom of untouched purity.