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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 661

    A FINELY CARVED WAISTED ZITAN CORNER-LEG TABLE

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FINELY CARVED WAISTED ZITAN CORNER-LEG TABLE
    19TH CENTURY
    The wide rectangular frame carved around the exterior with a key-fret border, above a narrow waist carved in relief with conjoined panels of alternating types of blossoms between lotus lappets, the shaped aprons elaborately carved on the long sides with chi dragons amidst large, leafy blossoms, the narrow sides similarly carved with flower heads, the whole supported on thick, zitan-clad legs of square section carved with chi dragons with scrolling leafy bodies and terminating in hoof feet
    33¾ in. (85.7 cm.) high, 63½ in. (161.3 cm.) wide, 21¼ in. (54 cm.) deep


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    The superb quality of carving on the present lot follows imperial 18th century prototypes, and would certainly have been executed by experienced craftsmen well versed in working with rare and exotic woods such as zitan.

    The use of zitan veneer is often seen as a method of construction used to conserve the dwindling supply of the precious wood. While this type of construction was also employed in the mid-Qing dynasty, it is quite often seen on later Qing furniture, as the substantial amount of zitan required for a table of this size was often not readily available.

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