The elegant, strong proportions of the current table, combined with the attractive use of nanmu burl and huanghuali, provide a pleasing aesthetic, and would have greatly appealed to the scholar collector. Used for dining, often for one or two individuals, wine tables appear frequently in paintings of the Ming dynasty, and were used throughout the Ming and early Qing periods. The well-proportioned composition and structure of the current table suggest an early form.
For a further discussion on wine tables, see Wang Shixiang, et. al. Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, vol. I, Hong Kong, 1990, pp. 54-6.