origin of this pair of Qing period Zitan flower stands
pair of Qing style zitan planter stands are constructed
from the very highest quality of zitan, of a standard that
is currently unavailable in raw form. A couple of years
ago this pair of zitan planter stands, owned by an individual
in a northern province, came to my father's attention. The
family had owned it for three generations, and it was covered
with dust and one leg was broken. The stands turned out
to be not only zitan, but also a subspecies of zitan that
is now extinct. Called "xiao-ye-tan" in Chinese, it was
known to grow only in India, and considered the most precious
kind of zitan among Chinese classical furniture experts.
This pair of identical planter stands has been restored.
As this pair of zitan planters stands were on loan at a
local museum in China for quite some time, we did not have
the chance to take many photos of them. The photos only
show one, however, they are identical.
Size 49.5 cm long, 38 cm wide, 87.5 cm tall. Weigh: 18 Kg