Lot 6017. A huanghuali sloping-stile cupboard, Yuanjiaogui, 17th-18th century. Estimate US$ 40,000 - 60,000 (€36,000 - 54,000). Photo: Bonhams.
The floating panel top set into a mitre, mortise-and-tenon, tongue and groove frame with rounded corners showing exposed tenons on the short sides and joined to four tapered stiles, double tenoned into the top, rounded on the exterior edges and square in the interior supporting a pair of well-figured single panel doors set into double beaded-edge frames centered on a removable stile, the doors opening to reveal two removable shelves set on front stretchers and transverse braces of the single paneled sides, all over a beaded edge lower stretcher and a plain apron, tongue-and-grooved and butt-jointed to the frame and sides, the doors and removable central stile fitted with curved baitong plates designed with three pierced lock bosses and squared pulls.
45 x 30 5/8 x 16 5/8 in (114.3 x 77.8 x 42.1cm)
Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, purchased 28 May, 1996.
Notes: For similar cupboards found in museum collections see Robert D. Jacobsen with Nick Grindley, Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Museum of Art, Minneapolis, 1999, no. 51 and 52; Michel Beurdeley, Chinese Furniture,, Tokyo, New York and San Francisco, 1979, no. 93.
This cabinet as well as lot belongs to a very successful group of designs popular in Chinese furniture employed throughout the Ming and Qing periods. For comparable examples sold at auction see Christie's Hong Kong, Sale 3435, lot 2824 from the Feng Wen Tang Collection, 3 June 2015; and Sotheby's Hong Kong, Sale HK0640, lot 104, 8 April 2016. For an example with burlwood panels see Beijing Guardian,lot 5006, 22 November 2014.
Bonhams. A TASTE FOR THE REMARKABLE. The John and Celeste Fleming collection of Chinese Furniture and Works of Art, 10:00 EDT - NEW YORK