Lot 6004. A huanghuali sloping-stile cupboard, yuanjiaogui, Late 16th-17th century; 43 4/8 x 29 1/8 x 16 1/8in (111.2 x 74 x 41cm). Estimate US$ 40,000 - 60,000 (€35,000 - 53,000). Sold for US$ 353,000 (€ 282,558). Photo: Bonhams.
The floating panel top set into a mitre, mortise-and- tenon frame with rounded edge and supported by four stiles double tenoned into the frame, rounded on the exterior and squared on the interior and housing well-figured single panel doors with mitred frame construction and double-beaded frame centered on a removable stile, the doors opening to reveal two removable shelves resting on transverse stretchers of the side panels, the plain aprons tongue-and-grooved and butted to the lower beaded-edge horizontal stretchers, with baitong lock plates and shaped door pulls.
Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, purchased 17th July 1997
Note: For similar cupboards found in museum collections see Robert D. Jackbsen. with Nick Grindley, Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Museum of Art, Minneapolis, 1999, no. 51 and 52; and Michel Beurdeley, Chinese Furniture,, Tokyo, New York and San Francisco, 1979, no. 93.