27 août 2018

A huanghuali recessed-leg table, pingtou'an, 17th-18th century

A huanghuali recessed-leg table, pingtou'an, 17th-18th century

Lot 1242. A huanghuali recessed-leg table, pingtou'an, 17th-18th century; 32 ½ in. (82.4 cm.) high, 42 ¾ in. (108.5 cm.) wide, 14 5/8 in. (37 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

 The single-panel top with rounded corners is set within a rectangular frame with molded edge, above a plain, beaded apron and cloud-shaped spandrels with hidden mortise and tenon joining them into the mitered frame of the top. The whole is raised on four gently splayed legs of round section joined by a pair of stretchers decorated with further cloud-shaped spandrels. 

Provenance: James Biddle (1929-2005) Collection, Washington D.C.

LiteratureR.H. Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch'ing Dynasties, New York, 1971, p. 171, nos. 70 and 70a.

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The present table as published by Robert Ellsworth in Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch’ing Dynasties, New York, 1971, p. 171, nos. 70 and 70a. Courtesy of Hei Hung Lu.

Note: Recessed-leg tables of this type were produced with either straight or raised ends and of varying lengths, which makes them highly versatile. Its form also represents one of the most successful designs in classical Chinese furniture, with their visually pleasing proportions achieved through simple and clean structure further enhanced by elegantly carved cloud-shaped spandrels. It is noteworthy that the master craftsman who created this table paid enormous attention to small details in that all of the tenons in both the long and short sides are hidden, and most unusually, the framing rails and transverse stretchers of the underside are finished with beaded edges.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 - 14 September 

The present table as published by Robert Ellsworth in Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch’ing Dynasties, New York, 1971, p. 171, nos. 70 and 70a. Courtesy of Hei Hung Lu.

 


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