Lot 6011. A huanghuali corner leg side table, tiaozhuang, 17th century; 34 1/4 x 68 5/16 x 20 1/16in (87 x 173.5 x 51cm). Estimate US$ 125,000 - 200,000 (€110,000 - 180,000). Sold for US$ 461,000 (€ 369,006). Photo: Bonhams.
The single board floating panel top set into a mitre, mortise-and-tenon frame with "ice-plate" edge supported underneath by five dove-tail transverse stretchers over a one-piece recessed waist and plain apron mitered, mortise and tenoned and half lapped into square cut legs with hoof feet, the legs double-lock tenoned into the top frame and joined together by hump-back stretchers.
Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, purchased 27th February 1996.
Notes: For comparable examples in public collections, see Craig Clunas, Chinese Furniture, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1988, no 48; Chen Zengbi. Zhongyang Gongyi Meishu Xueyuan Yuancang: Zhenpin Tulu dier ji, Mingshi Jiaju. Central Academy of Arts and Crafts: Illustrations of collections, volume 2, Ming Furniture, Beijing 1994, no. 35.
For recently sold examples of this classic design, see a slightly smaller example sold Christie's, New York, the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part II, lot 169, 18 March 2015; see also Beijing Guardian, lot 3209, 17 November 2013.