These tables were designed as surfaces on which to paint. The height and depth are appropriately proportioned for an artist to stand and freely use the brush over a long paper or silk surface. Often the surface of painting tables will be stained with ink or will bear burn marks, both indicative of the use they received. Occasionally, these tables will have regularly spaced score marks across the top. These scratches were used both as a ruler for measurement of the paper or silk surface or are scratches made by the knife blade as it cut the paper to the appropriate length. Fine-grain wood were reserved for painting tables as the craftsmen strove for the pure beauty of the grain and structural form.
Compare with a huanghuali table of slightly larger proportions, sold in our New York rooms, 19th March 1997 lot 383 and again 23rd March 2011, lot 671.
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