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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 655

    A RARE PAIR OF MASSIVE NANMU BOOKCASES, SHUJIA

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PAIR OF MASSIVE NANMU BOOKCASES, SHUJIA
    18TH CENTURY
    Each of strong proportions with beautifully grooved frames, with three shelves above plain aprons and carved spandrels on the front, and plain aprons and spandrels on the narrow sides and back
    90 in. (228.6 cm.) high, 44 in. (111.8 cm.) wide, 22 3/16 in. (56.4 cm.) deep (2)


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    Bookcases such as the current lot are commonly refered to as shujia or shuge, the basic forms of which are discussed by Wang Shixiang, et.al., in Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1995, vol. I, pp. 82-4.

    The restrained decoration and use of nanmu as the primary wood provides a subtle and elegant refinement, and bookcases such as these would have been well suited to the studio of a scholar. For a huanghuali bookcase of similar form, dated to the 16th-17th century, see G.W. Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and the Romance with Huanghuali Wood: The Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, p. 107, no. 40.

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