Lot 6010. A huanghuali low table, kangzhuo, Late Ming dynasty; 12 x 36 3/4 x 23 1/8in (30.5 x 93.5 x 58.8cm). Estimate US$ 50,000 - 70,000 (€44,000 - 62,000). Sold for US$ 125,000 (€ 100,056). Photo: Bonhams.
The single-board well-figured floating panel top of standard mitre, mortise-and-tenon construction supported by three transverse stretchers underneath, two with exposed tenons, the frame with 'water-stopping' edge and tapering inward to a narrow flat band over a recessed waist and elegantly beaded and shaped apron made of one piece of wood and mitred, mortise, tenoned and half-lapped to the cabriole legs.
Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, purchased 22 February 1995.
Notes: Historically used as lounging or work surfaces on a larger platform, these tables were placed in combination with small cabinets and scholar's objects on the kang. The current lot features an elegant scroll work and beaded border apron, complementing the leaf-embellished cabriole legs, and is an example of restrained elegance.
For Kang tables of this classic waisted type, see Christie's, New York, The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part II, lot 105, 18 March 2015; and Hong Kong Guardian sale, lot 676, 6 October 2013.