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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 647

    A TWO-DRAWER MING-STYLE HONGMU ALTAR COFFER, LIANERCHU

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A TWO-DRAWER MING-STYLE HONGMU ALTAR COFFER, LIANERCHU
    The single-panel top within the rectangular frame with everted ends and set on thick legs of square section, above two drawers deeply carved with dragons confronted around a pearl carved in the central panel, and two doors similarly carved with dragons chasing pearls fitted flush around the removable center stile, framed by the shaped apron and spandrels carved with dragons in pursuit of pearls, with brass hardware incised with lotus scroll
    33 1/8 in. (84.1 cm.) high, 65 7/8 in. (167.3 cm.) wide, 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm.) deep


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    Provenance

    Acquired in Beijing between 1911-29, and thence by descent within the family to the present owner.