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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 372

    A RARE HUANGHUALI AND NANMU WINE TABLE, JIUZHUO

    16TH/17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE HUANGHUALI AND NANMU WINE TABLE, JIUZHUO
    16TH/17TH CENTURY
    The attractive large nanmu burl panel set into the broad rectangular huanghuali frame, with beaded 'ice-plate' edge above the wide, beaded undulating single-panel apron, the slightly splayed legs of circular section joined on the long sides by humpback stretchers and on the narrow sides by pairs of plain oval stretchers
    34 1/8 in. (86.7 cm.) high, 41 in. (104.1 cm.) wide, 29 5/8 in. (75.3 cm.) deep


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    The elegant, strong proportions of the current table, combined with the attractive use of nanmu burl and huanghuali, provide a pleasing aesthetic, and would have greatly appealed to the scholar collector. Used for dining, often for one or two individuals, wine tables appear frequently in paintings of the Ming dynasty, and were used throughout the Ming and early Qing periods. The well-proportioned composition and structure of the current table suggest an early form.

    For a further discussion on wine tables, see Wang Shixiang, et. al. Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, vol. I, Hong Kong, 1990, pp. 54-6.

    Pre-Lot Text

    FURNITURE
    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION


    Literature

    P. Kao, C. Evarts, T. Jiaqing, L. Lin, Splendor of Style: Classical Chinese Furniture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, National Museum of History, Taipei, 1999, p. 135.


    Exhibited

    National Museum of History, Taipei, 26 June-5 September 1999.