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Seller: debpigeon (3,610) 99.4%, Location: Northport, New York, Ships to: US, Item: 312555056919 FROM A LONG ISLAND NEW YORK ESTATEANTIQUE CHINESE CEREMONIAL GONG FU TEA TABLE, ORNATELY CARVED FROM GOLDEN CAMPHOR ROOTI CONTACTED AN APPRAISER WHO SPECIALIZES IN CHINESE FURNITURE AND HE BELIEVES THAT THIS PIECE IS PROBABLY FROM THE MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY, AND I WAS TOLD THIS IS A RARE FIND IN THE USA. YOU MAY NEVER COME UPON ANOTHER TABLE LIKE THIS AGAIN!!! i WAS ALSO TOLD THAT THE TABLE MOST LIKELY HAD 6 ROOT STOOLS TO SIT ON DURING THE TEA SERVICE. THE CARVING IS OF A RECLINING BUDDHA HOLDING A CUP WITH BAMBOO/VINES AND WHAT LOOKS TO ME LIKE A CHERRY BRANCH WITH LOTUS PODS WHICH EDGE THE VARIOUS TIERS. THERE IS ALSO A SMALL POCKET NEAR BUDDHA'S FOOT THAT HAS TWO CARVED INSECTS. Root carving is a traditional Chinese art form. It consists of carving and polishing tree roots into various artistic creations.Using roots to make necessities has been practiced since primitive society. Like other artistic crafts, art of roots produced from primitive labor. The earliest root carvings show up in the Warring States period.In the Sui and Tang dynasties, root carving works not only prevailed in folk, but they were also cherished by the governing class. In the Tang dynasty, people laid emphasis on the natural forms of roots, cleverly taking advantage of the effect of corrosion and moth-eaten.In the Song and Yuan dynasties, art of root carving not only developed in the court and folk, but also appeared in grottoes and temples. Roots were used to carve the statues of the Buddha, always comparing favorably with the clay.The gongfu tea ceremony or kung fu tea ceremony (Chinese: 工夫茶 or 功夫茶), is a kind of Chinese tea ceremony, involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. It is probably based on the tea preparation approaches originated in Fujian and the Chaoshan area of eastern Guangdong. The term literally means "making tea with skill". THE TABLE MEASURES 5 FOOT LONG BY 31" AT THE WIDEST. THE LOWEST TIER IS 16 INCHES FROM THE FLOOR AND THE HIGHEST TIER IS 28 INCHES FROM THE FLOOR. MY BEST GUESS IS THAT IT WEIGHS ABOUT 130 to 160 lbs. THE TABLE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION FOR ITS AGE. THERE ARE SOME SPLITS THAT HAVE OCCURRED AS THE WOOD DRIED, BUT THERE ARE NO "LOOSE" PARTS AND THE TABLE IS 100% STRUCTURALLY SOUND. THE FREE SHIPPING I AM OFFERING WILL BE THROUGH PROFESSIONAL FURNITURE MOVERS, SO THE BUYER WILL NEED TO PROVIDE ACCEPTABLE DELIVERY DATES TO THE MOVERS AND BE AT HOME TO ACCEPT THE SHIPMENT. FREE LOCAL PICK-UP IS ALSO AVAILABLE (WITH A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF COST). IF YOU WANT TO HANDLE THE SHIPPING AND COST, THEN I WILL MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE TO BE HERE ON AN AGREED UPON DATE FOR THEM TO PICK UP THE ITEM FROM MY HOME. Condition: SEE DESCRIPTION

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