Lot 84. A huanghuali recessed-leg table, jiatousun pingtou'an, 17th-18th century; 33 1/4 x 75 1/4 x 23 1/2in (84.5 x 191.2 x 59cm). Sold for US$252,375 (Estimate: US$100,000 - US$150,000). © Bonhams 2001-2023
The finely figured single board floating panel top set into a mitered, mortise and tenoned frame, the outside edge with a central thumb molding and squared lower edge supported by five transverse stretchers hidden-tenoned into the frame and set over a plain, beaded apron with cloud-shaped spandrels cut to receive the elegant splayed ribbed supports joined at the short end by complementary single stretchers.
The Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection
Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, Hong Kong, 1 March 1990.
Note: This table is a classic example of the 'character one' table with standard single floating panel set into a mitered, mortise and tenon frame. See for example tables recently sold at Sotheby's, 22 April 2021, lot 47, and one at Christie's, 23 September 2021, lot 998. This stately table is distinguished by the juxtaposition of the plain, u-shaped spandrels and elegant ribbed molding of the legs and the single humpback stretcher.
Bonhams. THE MARY AND CHENEY COWLES COLLECTION OF CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE, 20 March 2023, New York