Chinese Classical Zitan Furniture Collection

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This is one of my father's favorite pieces. It was completed in the late 1980s. Crafted completely in large zitan log and by hand, the design is in a mid Qing or "Qian-Long" period style, with intricate carvings throughout. The hand carving depicts peaches, gourds, bats and dragons, which symbolize happiness, longevity, wealth and power respectively. We have learned that in a 2000 auction in Beijing, a zitan painting table done by the same carving artist in 2000, a bit smaller than this one, was sold for 440,000 Yuan, or the equivalent of $55,000. The table measures 2 meters long, 1 meter wide and 0.9 meters tall. It weighs approximately 225 pounds.
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