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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 449

    A CHINESE EXPORT PADOUK DOCUMENT CABINET ON STAND

    THE CABINET 18TH CENTURY, THE STAND MID-20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CHINESE EXPORT PADOUK DOCUMENT CABINET ON STAND
    The cabinet 18th century, the stand mid-20th century
    The reeded moulded cornice above a pair of arched mirrored and panelled doors, one plate missing, the interior fitted with two adjustable shelves and two small drawers, side-carrying handles, on a later stand, the mounts original
    63 in. (160 cm.) high; 41 in. (104 cm.) wide; 13½ in. (34 cm.) deep


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    A piece such as this would have been commissioned by a European travelling in China and then exported to the West. Padouk is the English term for pterocarpus, a species of huali. It was predominantly used for the manufacture of export furniture. For a discussion on padouk and huali wood, see C. Clunas, Chinese Furniture, V & A Publications, 1997, p.39. A similar document cabinet was sold Christie's London, 19 June 2001, lot 279.

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