Compare a similarly proportioned three-drawer altar coffer, with everted flanges, sold in these rooms, Important Chinese Furniture, Formerly The Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture Collection, 19 September 1996, lot 63. See, also, a very similar three-drawer coffer illustrated by R.H. Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture, New York, 1971, p. 163, no. 61. For a discussion and history of the altar coffer form, see Wang Shixiang et al., Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, vol. I, Hong Kong, 1990, p. 92, and C. Evarts, "The Enigmatic Altar Coffer," Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society, Autumn 1994, pp. 29-44.