• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1931

    A RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE CORNER CABINET WITH RETICULATED DOORS, TOUGEGUI

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    A RARE HUANGHUALI SQUARE CORNER CABINET WITH RETICULATED DOORS, TOUGEGUI
    QING DYANSTY, 18TH CENTURY

    The rectangular frame formed by thick, square thumb-grooved members framing the top, sides and back all inset with huanghuali panels, with two doors centred on a removable stile and inset with central panels of confronted chi dragons between reticulated thumb-grooved latticework and two panels each containing five chi dragons centered around a shou character below, the doors opening to reveal a pair of drawers and two shelves, all above a curvilinear beaded apron carved with confronted dragons
    41 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (105.5 x 80 x 42 cm.)


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    Low cabinets such as the current example would normally have reticulated doors to enable the circulation of air, thereby keeping mildew away. Most of the cabinets of this type have lock receptacles to incorporate locks, reflecting the fact that they might be used to store valuables. The curvilinear apron underneath the lower stretcher with confronting chi dragons over squared keyfret scrolls are an interesting feature which suggest a date of the later half of the Kangxi period. Published examples of low cabinets with reticulated doors are particularly rare, but a zitan three-part cabinet, also in the Hung collection is published by R. Ellsworth in Chinese Furniture: The Hung Collection, New York, 1996, no. 79. Another huanghuali cabinet with latticework upper doors is illustrated by Robert D. Jacobsen in Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 1999, no. 47.

    Literature

    Ellsworth, Robert Hatfield, Chinese Furniture: One Hundred and Three Examples from the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection, New York, 2005, p.27, no.8