18th C. Scholar's Fragrance Stand Side Table - constructed of Peachwood and Putting Stone

(China, 18th Century)

18th C. Scholar's Fragrance Stand Side Table - constructed of Peachwood and Putting Stone

A wonderful 18th century 'Scholar's Fragrance" Stand, constructed from Peachwood and Putting Stone.

Traditionally, in classical Chinese lore, the PEACH represented a successful scholar. Successful Scholar's were the Statesmen and Literati of Chinese culture - employed by the Dynasties or wealthy merchant families. Furniture pieces constructed from Peachwood, generally belonged to successful scholars.

The stone insert is PUTTING STONE. According to Feng Shui, artwork was reflected through nature. The Putting Stone serves as an abstract landscape - thus artwork - and was considered valuable. The spandrels are carved with the RUYI CLOUD - a very auspicious good fortune symbol.

The table's function was as a FRAGRANCE STAND..... An oil burner was traditionally placed on top - to fragrance the room.

This piece has had no reconditioning - only cleaning.

Due to its narrow rails and diminutive scale, it is indeed remarkable that such a piece still remains.

WIDTH: 20¼ in | HEIGHT: 26½ in | DEPTH: 12½ in

Origin China
Category Side Tables
Circa1750
Period 18th Century
Style Unspecified
ConditionVery good

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THB REF: 7122842836 DEALER REF: PAR-TAB025
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