• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1226

    A HUANGHUALI SIX-POSTER CANOPY BED, JIAZICHUANG

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A HUANGHUALI SIX-POSTER CANOPY BED, JIAZICHUANG
    18TH CENTURY
    The openwork top formed by a latticework of wan emblems repeated on the upper portion of the frame above chi dragon spandrels and stepped stretchers, the soft mat seat set within the thick, rectangular frame and enclosed by further wan latticework beneath chi dragon roundels, all above a narrow waist and attractively shaped aprons carved in high relief with chi dragons confronted around a ruyi head at the center, the design repeated at the top of the elegantly curved legs, which terminate in scroll-form feet
    88 7/8 in. (225.7 cm.) high, 85 in. (216 cm.) wide, 55 in. (139.7 cm.) deep


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    A similar six-poster huanghuali canopy bed in the collection of the Palace Museum, also featuring a design of wan emblems on the lower rails, is illustrated by Wang Shixiang in Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, vol. II, Hong Kong, 1990, p. 135, no. C17. However, it is interesting to note that the present bed is more elaborate in the carving on the aprons, legs and spandrels.

    Provenance

    Grace Wu Bruce, 1997.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION