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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 140

    A RARE MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID EIGHT-PANEL TABLE SCREEN

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    A RARE MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID EIGHT-PANEL TABLE SCREEN
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Each panel inlaid with a landscape scene with immortals and attendants at various pursuits, within a quatrefoil cartouche formed by diaper-filled spandrels and a narrow outer border with flower heads at the corners, all above cloud-form apertures and shaped aprons, the reverse with a lengthy inlaid inscription, signed Chen Xuekong, and with three seals
    17 1/8 in. (43.5 cm.) high, 35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) wide


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    The exact dates of the scholar Chen Xuekong are unclear, but he was known to have published during the Kangxi reign.
    The work on this screen is very similar to that found on a pair of mother-of-pearl-inlaid lacquer rectangular table screens, dated 17th-18th century, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 24 September - 21 November 1993, pp. 180-1, no. 94. As with the panels of the present folding table screen, the pair of panels are also inlaid on the reverse with inscriptions.