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Lot 330. A huanghuali waisted corner-leg stool, fangdeng, 17th-18th century;49cm (19 2/8in) high x 43.5cm (17in) wide x 37.2cm (14 5/8in) deepEstimate £20,000 - 30,000 (€24,000 - 36,000)Sold for £ 20,000. Photo: Bonhams.

The floating woven-bamboo panel top set into a mitre, mortise-and-tenon frame with 'ice-plate' edge and one transverse stretcher underneath, all over a recessed waist and plain apron carved from one piece of wood and mitred, mortised and tenoned to the legs joined by hump-back stretchers ending in hoof-shaped feet. 

Provenance: a French private collection

NoteCorner-leg stools were popular during the Ming dynasty. They were highly stable and durable, with their apron and waist carved from a single piece of wood. For a detailed discussion about the use of stools during the Ming dynasty, see R.Jacobsen, Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 1999, p.38 and Wang Shixang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Vol.1, Hong Kong, 1990, pp.102-104.

Compare with a pair of related stools, 17th/18th century, illustrated by Wang Shixang in Classic Chinese Furniture; Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, London, 1986, no.61. A related pair of stools, 17th century, was sold in our New York rooms, 12 September 2016, lot 6009; and see also other related huanghuali stools, also 17th century, were sold at Sotheby's London, 11 November 2015, lots 3 and 21.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 11 May 2017, 11:00 BST, LONDON, NEW BOND STREET