25 septembre 2021

A massive huanghuali trestle-leg table, Late Qing dynasty







Lot 1030. A massive huanghuali trestle-leg table, Late Qing dynasty; 33 in. (83.8 cm.) high, 91 ¼ in. (231.7 cm.) wide, 22 ¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deepEstimate: USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 1,100,000. © Christie's 2021

The thick single-panel top is fitted with everted ends, above the beaded apron and stylized phoenix-form spandrels. The whole is raised on thick legs of rectangular section joined by an openwork panel carved with a pair of chilong and fitted into shoe feet.

ProvenanceCollection of a Honolulu doctor.
Private collection, Honolulu.

NoteThe present table is distinguished by the massive length and thickness of the plank top. The plank is finished on the long ends and fitted with everted ends. Trestle-leg tables were made to be easily disassembled to facilitate transport. There appear to be two types of demountable, recessed trestle-leg tables. The first type exhibits straight legs, which are set into shoe feet. The second variant has everted feet.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 23-24 september 2021 

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