• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1984

    A RARE IMPERIAL CINNABAR LACQUER KANG TABLE

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE IMPERIAL CINNABAR LACQUER KANG TABLE
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The low table with a flat top decorated in qiangjin with a regular continuous pattern of stylised wan characters extending to form interlocking keyfrets, the apron spanning the straight legs which terminate in inward scroll feet, the legs flanking pierced ruyi panels at the sides, the apron, legs and side panels carved overall with bats in flight among lotus blooms borne on leafy tendrils, the wan character pattern repeated on the spandrels joining the legs and apron
    14 x 31 7/8 x 14 1/8 in. (35.5 x 81 x 36 cm.), Japanese wood box


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    Compare with a similarly decorated kang table of almost identical size in the Palace Museum collection, Beijing currently situated in the Hall of Mental Cultivation, Yangxindian, illustrated in Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, 2002, p. 151, no. 134. (fig. 1)

    Provenance

    A Japanese private collection, Izumo, Japan