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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1962

    A HUANGHUALI SIX-POST CANOPY BED, JIAZICHUANG

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    A HUANGHUALI SIX-POST CANOPY BED, JIAZICHUANG
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    The soft mat top set within the rectangular bed frame above a recessed waist and beaded curvilinear apron carved with confronted chi dragons, supported by cabriole legs terminating to well-drawn scroll feet, with decorative lattice-pattern on the back and side railings and chi dragon openwork medallions on the upper level, solid inset panels and spandrels also carved with chi dragon motifs just below the top, set between six moulded posts, four of which at corners joined at the top by a latticework canopy
    112 x 90 x 59 1/4 in. (284.5 x 228.6 x 150.5 cm)


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    The current example with chi dragon carving and lattice-pattern railing belong to the most classic designs of Chinese furniture. Canopy beds have either six or four posts joined at the top by a covering. It was common practice to use the drapery to create a private world within the closed curtain, and examples can be seen in Ming and Qing woodblock prints. Compare a huanghuali six-post canopy bed with lattice-pattern railings is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, illustrated in Sarah Handler, Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2001, p. 147, fig. 10.7, and another canopy bed with lattice-patterns at the Palace Museum, illustrated in Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2002, pp. 6-7 , pl. 2. This lot is almost identical to the piece illustrated in San cai tu hui (Pictorial Encyclopedia of Heaven, Earth, and Man), op cit, 2001, p.148(fig.1).

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY