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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 166

    A RARE DATED TWELVE-PANEL COROMANDEL LACQUER SCREEN

    INSCRIBED KANGXI WU ZI NIAN, CORRESPONDING TO 1708, AND OF THE PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A RARE DATED TWELVE-PANEL COROMANDEL LACQUER SCREEN
    INSCRIBED KANGXI WU ZI NIAN, CORRESPONDING TO 1708, AND OF THE PERIOD
    The screen finely carved on one side with an extensive scene in which Shoulao and other immortals descend on billowing clouds to meet Xiwangmu, being attended to by several servants in a terraced courtyard as other immortals approach from crashing waves below, with various other scenes of two figures playing weiqi at a small table while others wash a large elephant below immortals examining a Daoist scroll, the whole framed by flowers and precious objects along the top, and dragons and mythical animals along the sides and bottom, the reverse with a lengthy inscription and Kangxi cyclical date framed by precious objects and various scenes of birds and flowers
    111 in. (282 cm.) high, 249 in. (632 cm.) wide


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    Large screens decorated with landscape scenes were popular during the Kangxi period, and were an important part of household furnishings, often displayed on special occasions. The present lot is an excellent example of an unusual type, decorated with an elaborate scene of Daoist immortals.
    The inscription on the reverse indicates that the screen was presented to Madame Deng by members of her family in celebration of her birthday, and extolls her virtues as a mother.

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    No sales tax is due on the purchase price of this lot if it is picked up or delivered in the State of New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
    SOLD TO BENEFIT THE DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION