15 septembre 2019

A rare huanghuali recessed-leg table, 17th century



Lot 879. A rare huanghuali recessed-leg table, 17th century; 31 in. (78.5 cm.) high, 75 ½ in. (191.8 cm.) wide, 16 ½ in. (42 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 399,000© Christie's Image Ltd 2019.

The single-panel top is fitted with short, everted ends above plain aprons and spandrels. The whole is raised on thick legs of square section joined by pairs of stretchers.

Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, London, 2004.

Note: The spare, economic lines of the present table are enhanced by the unusual use of square-section members and plain, squared spandrels. The overall design is architectural, creating a strong silhouette and placing emphasis on form. Everted ends on either end of the single-panel top add a decorative flourish to this refined table.

Constructed with square-section legs, the present table is a variant of the standard recessed leg table constructed with round-section legs, and most of the tables of this type with square-section legs have cloud scroll rather than plain spandrels. An example of a huanghuali table with square-section legs and cloud scroll spandrels is illustrated by R. Jacobsen and N. Grindley in Classical Chinese Furniture in Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 1999, no. 41 and another also constructed in huanghuali is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, vol.1, , Hong Kong, 2002, no. 109. The present table is made even rarer with the short everted ends.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 September 2019

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