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Low Offering Table Of Thai Teak


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Directory: Archives: Furnishings: Pre 1980: Item # 691148

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A graceful low table from Thailand has a concave top to hold offerings of flowers or fruit. The table is made of Thai teak, which has not been available for a number of years due to a government prohibition on harvesting in the endangered teak forests. The Cambodian and Burmese teak now used in Thailand have a different grain and color. The satin-like wood on this piece is unadorned except for nicely handcarved blossoms that encircle the rim, a design with a quiet, serene Asian feel. Adding interest to the shallow bowl top is a narrow diagonal knot in the wood that runs along one side and has two small carefully embedded plugs. This technique, used on large otherwise perfect pieces of wood to plug a knot, was employed often as Thai teak became more scarce. With the addition of a piece of glass on the top, this piece from the 1970s makes an attractive coffee table or low accent table. It is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 10" (26 cm), diameter 25" (64 cm).