Lot 3043. A rare small zitan table, xiaopingtou’an, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century; 32 in. (81.9cm.) high, 28 in. (71cm.) wide, 14 in. (37.4 cm.) deepEstimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000Price realised HKD 375,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Of slender, elongated proportions, the paneled top with ‘ice-plate’ edge supported on splayed legs of circular section joined by a plain apron with apron-head spandrels and four grooved stretchers enclosing a tongued panel to form a lower shelf.

Provenance: Sold at Christie’s New York, 16 September 1999, lot 84.

NoteIt is rare to find zitan tables of this form while many huanghuali examples are known. Compare the present table to a huanghuali side table from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Biddle, illustrated by R. H. Ellsworth in Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ching Dynasties, New York, 1971, p. 173, no. 72. See, also, a small recessed-leg table with a single shelf from The Lai Family Collection, sold at Christie’s New York, 17 September 2015, lot 914, as well as an example with everted ends, from The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, sold at Christie’s New York, 18 March 2015, lot 118.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 27 November 2019