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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 386

    A PAIR OF LARGE TIELIMU COMPOUND CABINETS, SIJIANGUI

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF LARGE TIELIMU COMPOUND CABINETS, SIJIANGUI
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    Each of rectangular form, the hat chests with two square-panel doors fitted flush around a removable center stile, above the large cabinet with rectangular panel doors similarly fitted and with removable center stile, the doors opening to reveal the shelved interior above two drawers, the front with a horizontal panel above a plain apron and apron-head spandrels
    95 5/8 in. (242.9 cm.) high, 39 15/16 in. (101.4 cm.) wide, 20 in. (50.8 cm.) deep (2)


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    Known as sijiangui, 'four-part wardrobes', these compound cabinets were often made in pairs. Garments and large items would have been stored in the lower cabinets, while smaller items would have been kept in the top chests, often requiring the use of a ladder due to their massive size.