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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 36

    A FINE AND RARE CARVED ZITAN ALTAR TABLE

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A FINE AND RARE CARVED ZITAN ALTAR TABLE
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    With a plain panelled top and short indented frieze with ruyi motifs above a band of lappets, the apron with further stylised ruyi scrolls, the square-sectioned legs terminating in scroll-end feet and leaf designs
    32 7/8 x 49¾ x 17¼ in. (83.5 x 126.3 x 43.8 cm.)


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    Zitan wood became a very expensive commodity by the early Qing period since their number dwindled dramatically from excessive lumbering activities throughout the Ming dynasty. The scarcity was compounded by the fact that these trees are slow growing and required centuries to fully mature into usable material. Although local sources of zitan exist in the southern provinces of Yunnan, Guangdong and Guangxi, much of the material was imported from Southeast Asia. As an imported material, at the imperial workshops zitan wood was scrupulously monitored and carefully restricted.

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