Lot 1602. A rare embellished zitan rectangular two-door table cabinet, 18th century; 13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high, 14 1/8 in. (36 cm.) long, 7½ in. (19 cm.) deep with later-added stand. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD USD 68,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011
The doors decorated in polychrome bone applique with peach and pomegranate trees growing amidst blue rocks and asters, with similar panels on the back, one end panel with a magnolia tree growing amidst rocks and camellia, the other with nandina amidst rocks and narcissus, all applied to a ground painted as sky and earth, with finger citrons flanked by angular scrolls on the fronts of the narrow drawers in the upper and lower sections, and repeated on the backs of these sections, the top of the upper section surrounded by an openwork border of pale green scroll, top, interior of cabinet and interior of drawers in black lacquer.
Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1950s, and thence by descent within the family.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011