Lot 29. A huanghuali and burlwood corner leg side table (tiaozhuo), 17th-18th century. Height 31 in., 78.7 cm; Width 35 3/4 in., 98.8 cm; Depth 20 3/8 in., 51.8 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 118,750 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.
of simianping, 'four sides flush' form, with a single top panel of well-figured burlwood enclosed by a wide, straight-edged frame set directly upon slender corner legs of square section terminating in high hoof feet, the underside with three supporting transverse braces.
Note: Both refined and restrained the present table represents a high point in classical Chinese furniture. The spare and seemingly simple lines are the product of flawless design made possible by very sophisticated joinery. A nearly identical table, described as a qin table, is illustrated in Splendor of Style: Classical Furniture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, National Museum of History, Taipei, 1999, p. 133.
Sotheby's. Monochrome, New York, 15 sept. 2015