Lot 902. A pair of embellished 'zitan' 'Hundred Antiques' panels, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 75,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

each rectangular black-lacquered panel set within a zitan wood carved surround imitating a display cabinet with the varying compartments enclosing an array of inlaid 'precious objects' in complementary mirror image, including ruyi scepters, bowls of fruit, flower-filled planters, brushpots, vases, books and scrolls, in jade, porcelain, hardstones, glass, bronze and hardwood (2). Height 45 in., 114.3 cm.

ProvenanceAmerican Private Collection, acquired in Singapore circa 1968.

NoteA similar pair, but with an ochre-colored lacquer ground, sold at Christie's New York, 19th March 2009, lot 639.


large pair of zitan-veneer and inlaid lacquer panels, 19th century. Sold for 230,500 USD at Christie's New York, 19th March 2009, lot 639. © Christie's Images Ltd 2009.

Each panel with reticulated scrollwork framing various scenes of antiques and precious objects carved from jade, hardstone, ivory, wood, coral and brass, many with silver wire-inlaid fitted wood stands, all inset on a lacquered ground of ochre color, the panels fitted at the top with brass hardware in the form of interlocked, leafy archaistic scroll; 46 5/8 in. (118.4 cm.) high, 31½ in. (80 cm.) wide, 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) deep (2). Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000.

Sotheby's. Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian Art, New York, 16 Sep 2017