Lot 247. A huanghuali low table, kang, 17th-18th century; 96.5cm (38in) wide x 59cm (23 2/8in) deep x 29.5cm (11 5/8in) highEstimate 12 000 € - 15 000 €. Photo Fabrice Gousset.

The rectangular panel top set within a rectangular frame carved with a beaded, 'ice-plate' edge above a plain narrow waist surrounded by a shaped, beaded, cusped apron, all raised on elegant cabriole legs carved at the corners with lion masks and terminating in claw feet.

ProvenanceJean-Pierre Rousset, Paris (1936-2021), acquired in the 1980's.

NoteKang tables were typically used on top of a platform, kang, or a couch-bed or daybed. For a discussion on kang tables, see S.Handler, Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture, Berkeley, 2001, pp.169-171. Compare one similar but slightly larger example formerly from the collection of Wang Shixiang and now in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated by Wang Shixiang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1990, p.68, no.B13.

Compare with a similar huanghuali kang table, 17th century, with similar beast-head corners, which was sold at Christie's New York, 19 March 2021, lot 742. See also a related huanghuali kang table, 17th century, which was sold at Christie's New York, 13 September 2019, lot 873.


A large rectangular huanghuali kang table, 17th century; 11 ¾ in. (30 cm.) high, 40 7/8 in. (103.9 cm.) wide, 27 ¼ in. (69.2 cm.) deep. Sold for USD 75,000 at Christie's New York, 13 September 2019, lot 873. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.

Cf. my post: A large rectangular huanghuali kang table, 17th century

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