29 août 2016

A rare zitan low table, Kangzhuo, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty

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Lot 6014. A rare zitan low table, Kangzhuo, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty; 10 5/16 x 36 1/2 x 24 15/16in (26.2 x 92.8 x 63.4cm)Estimate US$ 40,000 - 60,000 (€36,000 - 54,000)Sold for US$ 118,750 (€ 95,053). Photo: Bonhams.

The four-board floating panel top set into a mitre, mortise-and-tenon frame with 'water-stopping' edge and supported by three transverse stretchers underneath with two exposed tenons on the long side, over a recessed waist and elegantly shaped and beaded apron fastened to the top by two wedge-shaped pegs on each side and mitred, mortise, tenoned and half-lapped to the graceful one-piece cabriole legs ending in square pads. 

Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, purchased 16 November 1999.

Published: Grace Wu Bruce. Zitan furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Hong Kong exhibition 28 November - 8 December 1999, no.1.

NotesEarly zitan kang tables are very rare. For a related example, see Ellsworth, Chinese Hardwood Furniture in Hawaiian Collections, plate 40.

For a slightly more elaborate zitan kang table dated to the early Qing, see Beijing Guardian, lot 2936, 2011 November 12.

Bonhams. A TASTE FOR THE REMARKABLE. The John and Celeste Fleming collection of Chinese Furniture and Works of Art, 10:00 EDT - NEW YORK


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