• 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 1231

    A RARE AND UNUSUAL MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID LACQUERED CORNER-LEG TABLE

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE AND UNUSUAL MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID LACQUERED CORNER-LEG TABLE
    18TH CENTURY
    The long, narrow top finely inlaid in mother-of-pearl with a continuous scene of walled pavilions and an island amidst a mountainous waterscape, supported on a narrow waist inlaid with a single diaper band above shaped aprons and cabriole legs inlaid with a leafy lotus scroll and supported on small tabs
    14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) high, 55 in. (139.6 cm.) wide, 16 in. (41 cm.) deep


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    The inlaid decoration on the top of the present table features a large walled island replete with pavilions and a tall tower. The same decoration can be found on a carved cinnabar lacquer table screen included in the exhibition, Splendors of China's Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong, The Field Museum, Chicago, 2004, p. 253, no. 322, where the authors note that the island represents the traditional birthday motto 'Longevity Island in Fortune Sea'.

    Provenance

    Edgar and Hedwig Worch.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LAVINIA MINTY RUSSELL