• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1929

    A PAIR OF LACQUERED SOFTWOOD SQUARE STANDS, FANGJI

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    A PAIR OF LACQUERED SOFTWOOD SQUARE STANDS, FANGJI
    QING DYNASTY, 17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Each with quatrefoil top supported on a narrow reticulated waist above a shaped apron, the lobed legs of rounded section terminating in small inward-curved ball feet set into a continuous base stretcher, covered overall in a lustrous black lacquer
    35 3/4 x 17 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (90.8 x 43.8 x 43.8 cm.) (2)


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    Tables of this type are known as incense stands although they would have been just as likely to have held candles or lanterns for lighting interiors. Lacquer or hardwood examples of square or circular stands dating to the 16th and 17th century are very rare. Compare with a huanghuali and burlwood example from the Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection, illustrated in The Dr. S.Y. Yip collection of Classical Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, no. 36. Compare also an important 15th/16th century mother-of-pearl inlaid incense stand, also from the Hung collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 May 2009, lot 1813.

    Provenance

    Art of Chen, Taiwan
    Previously sold at Christie's New York, 21 September 2000, lot 17


    Literature

    Ellsworth, Robert Hatfield, Chinese Furniture: One Hundred and Three Examples from the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection, New York, 2005, p.64, no.27