Table aux extrémités relevées en huanghuali, qiaotou'an, dynastie Qing, XVIIIe siècle, le plateau postérieur. Photo Sotheby's

le long plateau rectangulaire fait d'une seule pièce bordé par un cadre étroit aux côtés latéraux légèrement relevés, les quatre montants plaqués de petits tabliers aux angles arrondis, les pieds tubulaires reliés sur les côtés par deux barreaux parallèles, 175,1 x 83 x 50,5 cm., 69 x 32 3/4 x 19 7/8 in. Estimation 50,000 — 70,000 EUR


A huanghuali raised end table, qiaotou'an, Qing Dynasty, 18th century, the top of later date

Large tables of this design with a raised flange at the ends of the top are generally called qiaotou'an or ‘raised end tables’. According to Craig Clunas in Chinese Furniture, London, 1988, p. 51, such tables were employed in secular contexts, set against walls as surfaces on which to display antiques or art objects. A 1616 edition of a woodblock illustration from the novel Jin ping mei (The Golden Lotus) shows a qiaotou'an of this type placed against a screen and used for displaying a single flower vase and other artefacts.

A table from the collection of Wang Shixiang shown with an unrolled handscroll, is illustrated in Wang Shixiang, Classic Chinese Furniture – Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, London, 1986, pl. 8, where the author notes that tables of this type are ideal for studying a long handscroll. Compare also a large huanghuali table but with a straight top but similar recessed legs as seen on the present example, known as ‘recessed leg painting table’ or pingtou'an, sold in our New York rooms, 19th and 20th March 2013, lot 466.

Sotheby's, Arts d'Asie, Paris | 10 juin 2014 - http://www.sothebys.com/