36.7 cm x 100 cm x 70.49 cm (14 7/16 in. x 39 3/8 in. x 27 3/4 in.)
The rectangular table has shaped aprons and a reveal-moulded top above tour squared cbriole legs. The red/brown lacquer finish is heavily inlaid in mother-of-pearl, tortoise shell, two colors of shagreen and brass wire. It is also decorated with gold dust. Motifs on the top include writhing dragons, Taoist yin-yang symbold and a border with repeats of auspicious objects. The aprons repeat the symbols of the borders.
Vertical hanging scroll of calligraphic text consisting of five Chinese characters in black ink, with artist signature and seal. One of a pair.
These two calligraphic works are done by Chang Ku-nien’s wife, Chen Shu-chen, who was an accomplished painter and calligrapher herself. Written in semi-cursive script, it demonstrates the artist’s affinity for bold and well-defined lines. The couplet of poetry, reads from right to left, praises the importance of one of China’s classics: There are many old books which have many special characters; yet only great I Ching (Book of Changes) shows us a path through past and future.
Red lacquered wooden duck-shaped container wth lid
This duck-shaped container was probably used at weddings, perhaps to serve rice or some other food. Red is the color of happiness, appropriate for a wedding. Mandarin ducks, believed to mate for life, are symbols of marital bliss and conjugal fidelity.
Text: Registered War Garden Under Protection of State Council of Defense - All the Ammunition doesn't come from the Power Factories - Feed Yourself - Be a Soldier of the Soil - A War Garden Will Do It - Exempt No Land - from The Chicago Evening Post - To destroy the food supply is to give comfort to the enemy - food will win the war - War Garden Committee - 120 W. Adams Street