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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 380

    A HUANGHUALI THREE-DRAWER ALTAR COFFER, LIANSANCHU

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    A HUANGHUALI THREE-DRAWER ALTAR COFFER, LIANSANCHU
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The long, two-panel rectangular top set in a wide frame with beaded 'ice-plate' edge, supported on slightly splayed beaded rectangular legs with rounded fronts and outside edges framing the top row of three drawers, each drawer framed by shaped molding and mounted with a baitong swing handle escutcheon, all above a long single panel, plain beaded apron and apron-head spandrels
    31 7/8 in. (83.5 cm.) high, 74¾ in. (189.9 cm.) wide, 21 in. (53.3 cm.) deep


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    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.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION