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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3400

    A RARE PAIR OF HUANGHUALI AND HARDWOOD KANG CABINETS

    QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY

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    A RARE PAIR OF HUANGHUALI AND HARDWOOD KANG CABINETS
    QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY
    Each cabinet is constructed of rectangular section with silver-wire inlaid frames. It is divided into an upper section comprising a central compartment behind two latticed-panel doors, and flanked by three drawers on each side. The mid-section with side opening compartments, and the lower section of the cabinet has three front opening drawers. The surfaces are ornately carved in shallow relief with auspicious motifs of Shou characters and kui dragons.
    20 1/4 in. (51.5 cm.) high, 17 1/8 in. (43.5 cm.) wide, 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm.) deep


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    These cabinets appear to be unique. The use of silver-wire inlay on such a hardwood as huanghuali is particularly rare, as this inlaid technique would have been considerably challenging for the craftsman. A pair of related kang cabinets of similar size, with ornately carved door panels, is illustrated The Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture II, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 126-127, no. 34.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE ASIAN COLLECTION