• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1937

    A RARE LARGE HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG ALTAR TABLE,

    Price Realised  

    A RARE LARGE HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG ALTAR TABLE,
    QIAOTOUAN
    LATE KANGXI PERIOD, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    The large removable single-plank top with beaded edge and small inset everted scroll-form flanges at either end, above straight beaded aprons and spandrels carved in low relief with cloud scrolls at the corners, all supported on double thumb-grooved, beaded legs of square section raised on short tabs and joined by pairs of square stretchers
    34 1/4 x 82 x 16 3/8 in. (87 x 208.3 x 41.6 cm.)


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    This table appears to belong to a small group of furniture made to be easily assembled and dismantled for storage or portability. Other than a group of folding stools and horseshoe back chairs, one of which is included in the present sale (lot 1938), few other portable or travelling hardwood furniture pieces have survived and have been published to date. A portable recessed-leg table in the Dr. S.Y. Yip collection with easily removable trestle legs was sold at Christie's New York, The Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection of Fine and Important Classical Chinese Furniture, 20 September 2002, lot 59. Another portable recessed-leg table in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is illustrated in Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1999, pp. 126-127, no. 42.

    Literature

    Ellsworth, Robert Hatfield, Chinese Furniture: One Hundred and Three Examples from the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection, New York, 2005, p.70, no.30