A Chinese turquoise stand / miniature table. Kangxi
The demi-lune table of cloud-scroll shape has a segmented top with scalloped edges, it is supported by three claw-footed legs which from dragon masks.
- Period :
- Kangxi (1662-1722)
- Porcelain (biscuit)
- 10.43 in. / 5.31 in. / 2.63 in. (26.5 cm / 13.5 cm / 6.7 cm)
- Reference :
For a stand / miniature table of this from but decorated in famille verte enamels, see William Sargent, The Copeland Collection: Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures, 2006, no. 11, pp. 44/45.
The actual function of these small tables is not fully understand. It is possible that they were intended for the display of small objects on a merchant’s desk. The Chinese are known for their love of miniaturization. inherent in penjing (“basin scene“, known in Japan as Bonsai), which incorporates an assemblage of miniature rocks, plants and even building and inhabitants.