Lot 239. A large imperial tianqi and qiangjin 'dragon and young' lacquer panel. The panel, 18th century; the European lower section, 20th century. Overall, 171cm (67 1/2in) long x 83.5cm (32 7/8in) wide x 41cm (16 1/8in) high. Estimate 50 000 € - 80 000 €. Photo Fabrice Gousset.
The rectangular top colourfully decorated in polychrome and gilt with a ferocious five-clawed dragon writhing amidst wispy clouds, gazed at by a young dragon emerging from crashing waves and rockwork at the sides, all within a diaper border, and above a lacquered European frame supported by four cabriole legs and a shaped apron decorated with bats interspersed amidst floral scrolls and Shou characters.
Provenance: Robert Rousset, Paris (1901-1981)
Jean-Pierre Rousset, Paris (1936-2021)
Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris. The Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset Collection of Asian Art: A Century of Collecting - Part 2. Paris, 26 october 2022