A filled-in and incised lacquer altar table
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1662-1722, China
清康熙 1662-1722 中國
Height: 82 cm, 32.3 inches
Length: 141.5 cm, 55.7 inches
The rectangular flat top is supported on four circular legs capped at the feet with brass fittings; each pair of legs is strengthened with double stretchers going from front to back, and by a deep apron that surrounds the table and drops down lappet-like to flank the top of each leg. The light wood structure is lacquered with a dark red ground and decorated by the filled-in and incised technique, known as t’ien-ch’i - using black and light red.