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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 645

    AN OUTSTANDING HUANGHUALI RECESSED TRESTLE-LEG TABLE, QIAOTOUAN

    17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN OUTSTANDING HUANGHUALI RECESSED TRESTLE-LEG TABLE, QIAOTOUAN
    17TH CENTURY
    The massive single-plank top with 'ice-plate' edge and everted ends above the thick beaded apron carved at either end with a leafy scroll repeated on the spandrels, set on thick legs of rounded square section terminating in slightly outward-curved feet and framing well-carved reticulated panels of birds amidst the leafy blossoming branches of a tree above shaped and beaded aprons
    34 5/8 in. (87.9 cm.) high, 71 in. (180.3 cm.) wide, 17 1/16 in. (43.3 cm.) deep


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    This form is known as a qiaotouan, or 'everted end recessed-leg table,' although the late Ming style-maker Wen Zhenheng termed it bizhuo, or 'wall table,' as it was commonly used against a wall to display works of art or to hold offerings. It is one of the more popular forms found in classical Chinese furniture, and several examples exist in public and private collections.

    See several other qiaotouan, including one illustrated by G. Ecke, Chinese Domestic Furniture, Tokyo, 1962, p. 82, pl. 63; two in the Lu Ming Shi Collection, illustrated by G.W. Bruce in Living with Ming, Hong Kong, 2000, nos. 34-5, dated late 16th-early 17th century; and another dated to the late 16th-early 17th century from the collection of Dr. S.Y. Yip, illustrated by G.W. Bruce in Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and the Romance With Huanghuali Wood, Hong Kong, 1991, p. 75, no. 25. See, also, the 17th century huanghuali example from the collection of Gangolf Geis, sold in these rooms, 18 September 2003, lot 52.

    Provenance

    Acquired from Ma Yao Guang in Hong Kong in the 1950s, and thence by descent within the family to the present owner.