December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Monday, May 27, 2013

In Love With My Ming Style Chow Leg Coffee Table

Hola everyone!

Happy Memorial Day to you!  I hope you had an enjoyable holiday.  Tomorrow it's back to normal and work work work. Sigh.

A couple of days ago I received the June 2013 print edition of Traditional Home:


When I saw the coffee table I gasped, because it is much like my coffee table.  The feet are a little different, as is the color but - see what you think: 




I looked up the source for the table in the Traditional Home Reader's Resource.  It is called the Darjeeling table by Summer Hill, out of business; no further information was given.  I don't know the size, I don't know the material it is made from, or its size.

I purchased my table in 1997 or 1998 at Marshall Field's furniture clearance floor that had taken over the old Gimbel's building in downtown Milwaukee, since closed.  I fell in love with it immediately and gulped and paid $400 for it - insanely expensive for me at the time (still is, actually, LOL!) 

It is solid pine (heavy as heck!) and has a natural/distressed finish with small areas here and there just touched with a faint white-wash. 

My table top measures about 35 and 3/8th inches square, and it is about 15 1/4 inches high.  Because of the bowed out legs, the footprint of the table overall is about 39 1/2 inches square, measured at the widest point of the legs.  This is called a chow style table.  It's from the Ming Dynasty, an incredibly rich period in Chinese history for furniture design.  The form of the legs are actually called "chow" and distinguish this style from other less exaggerated leg styles on Ming Dynasty furniture. 

Curious, I wondered what such style tables are going for today.  So I set out on the hunt!  Here is what I;ve found thus far:



At Amazon.com, this table described as a "contemporary Chinese Ming style with horseshoe feet design legs."  This table is 42" square and 16" high (way larger than mine!)  It has a hand-applied black distressed finish and a beveled glass top.  The material it is made of is not specified, so it could be wood, it could be MDF, or something else.  The cost is $879 plus $179 shipping!  Holy Hathor! I think this is the same table, which says it is made out of elmwood, but there is no mention of a beveled glass top. 

I didn't find anything that matched at Wayfair.  This Hammary chow leg coffee table seems to be very popular in the search findings, but it is rectangular, not square.  Sure is pretty, though. Here is one example:


It's large!  56" x 36" x 17" tall.  Discounted price at The Simple Coffee Table Store is $630 and offers free "curbside" shipping. So they just leave it parked in your driveway or on your sidewalk???

I'm a little taken aback by the color of this table - it appears to be stained orange, but it may just be a bad photograph, too.  It's offered by Furniture by Zoostores:


This is the Compass Home Furnishings Carrara cocktail table.  The specs are "fuzzy."  I'm not sure if this table is 30" square of 36" square!  It is made of some type of unspecified "Asian hardwood," is 18-19" high and has a "medium wood" finish.  It is not quite the classic bowed chow leg, more like the Ming style called "banana leg" but it does end in a horse hoof foot.  It is priced at $739 plus free shipping.

So, rather slim pickings!  I have to go to bed now, must be out the door by 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, sigh.  If I find any more likely prospects I'll do an update. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the sweet comments on my little dresser. I love this style coffee table, and ran across one similar a couple weeks ago at a store...$650! I'm not paying that much for a coffee table. Lol

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