These two elegant Chinese tables, with variously inlaid tabletops, are made from hardwood. They are beautifully crafted with an intricate pattern across a three-tiered design. The exquisite craftsmanship of each piece plays host to a distinct inlaid surface, with floral patterns framing the wooden and marble tabletops.
Each table features a round upper surface above a central column which is mounted with two further platforms each in a cross-formation, that open out on four sides and feature a beautifully carved geometric gallery. The motif of the square scrolls continues into the tripod upon which the tables rest, such that each piece exhibits a harmonious decorative composition from top to base.
Both tables stand on three legs, each one terminating in a ball and claw design. This motif carries symbolic meaning, as in Chinese mythology the dragon (portrayed with the claw) is guarding the ball (symbolising wisdom or purity) from evil forces who were trying to steal it.
The two intricately carved tables showcase the skill of twentieth century Chinese craftsmen and their design elements celebrate Chinese culture.