Lot 3042. A huanghuali waistless footrest, jiaota, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm.) high, 28 5/8 in. (72.6 cm.) wide, 12 5/8 in. (32 cm.)deep. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 400,000. Price realised HKD 375,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The single-panel top set within the rectangular frame above plain aprons, the whole raised on short legs of square section terminating in hoof feet.
Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, Hong Kong, 1994
Fine Chinese Furniture From Private American Collections, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28 November 2012, Lot 2006.
Literature: Sharon Leece and Michael Freeman, China Style, Hong Kong, 2002, pp. 56, 58
Note: Footrests have been used in association with a wide array of furniture, including chairs, couches, painting tables, beds and thrones. Refer to lot 3042 in the current sale for a depiction of footrest before the central figure of the painting. Formal room settings in the Beijing Palace Museum that include furniture in combination with footrests, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum – Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), Hong Kong, 2002, p.294, 302-304. Robert H. Ellsworth illustrates a waisted pair of footrests in Chinese Furniture: One Hundred Examples from the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection (I), New York, 1996, pp. 58-9, no. 9, later sold at China Guardian Hong Kong, 7 October 2019, lot 985.
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Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 27 November 2019