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Antique Wine Tables from China
HISTORY Archaeologists have found and scientists have confirmed residue of fruit wine that was approximately 9,000-years old in pottery jars from the village of Jiahu, in Henan province, Northern China, making this the oldest known wine discovery.
WINE TABLES Considering China's history of wine making, it makes sense that since the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1279 C.E.) small rectangular tables have been used by the Chinese for serving wine and food, and dining at for one or two.
These side tables are often called wine tables (jiuzhuo), half tables or extension tables. According to Kimberly Hessler's Chinese Provincial Furniture, Selections from the Late Qing Dynasty, “wine tables or half tables derive from the fact that they are half the size of the Eight Immortals (square) table. These tables were also called extension tables, since linking them to the square table provided additional communal space.”
Wine table designs and construction differ slightly from other Chinese side tables. Often the outer edge of the table’s top has a raised molding to prohibit spillage and the leg joinery is recessed under the panel top-see Item # RB1039x. Most Chinese wine tables have stretchers on all sides; with two on the sides and one on the front and back most common. Some tables have waists and some are waistless.
SWORD LEG TABLES A very favorite and interesting wine table design is the sword leg wine table-see Item # RB1039x, RB1044x, RB1047x. It is referred to as a sword leg wine table because the leg joint resembles a sword. The end of the sword pierces through the top of the table and was often secured by bamboo nails. This construction is very stable and able to withstand extreme weight and pressure. The design of the legs could be rounded or squared, ending in a horse hoof design or some other interesting design.
MARBLE TOPS Some wine tables are constructed with stone panels inset into the table's top, using mitered, mortised, and tenoned framing. Stone is a practical, easy-to-clean surface for serving food and drinks that are best served cool. The interesting natural colors and formations of the stone make each table unique. However, stone makes the table very heavy and necessitates strong supports.
FINISHES As was common with most Chinese furniture, a natural or black lacquer would have been applied over the table. The wood type would have been indigenous to the region in which it was crafted.