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    Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 95

    A RARE FINELY CARVED MARBLE-TOP HARDWOOD TABLE

    18TH 19TH CENTURY

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    A RARE FINELY CARVED MARBLE-TOP HARDWOOD TABLE
    18TH 19TH CENTURY
    Carved with a straight back edge, the rounded, demi-lune-shaped side with a lobed, beaded outline encasing the marble top, above an intricate apron finely carved and pierced to the centre with a medallion enclosing Liuhai and the three legged toad and two boys amidst ruyi clouds, surrounded by meandering peony scrolls, the sides with grapevines and further peony blooms, each leg boldly carved with a peony spray at the top and ending on an acanthus leaf-wrapped ball foot below a stretcher carved with two confronted sinuous dragons
    52¾ in. x 30 in. (134 cm. x 76 cm.)


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    The decorative motifs of the current lot display a strong influence from European rococo style, a feature adopted from the early Qing period onwards.

    The combination of Chinese and Western motifs is represented by the use of traditional peony blooms and Daoist immortals and European style acanthus leaves and grapevine, all carefully balanced and further enhanced by a central medallion at the front of the apron, enclosing a sage, two boys and a Chinese mythical beast.

    It is interesting to note that the acanthus motif was a particular favourite with the Emperor Qianlong and was adopted in the decoration of his magnificent European palaces, Xiyanglou, located in the northern part of the Yuanmingyuan.

    Although tables of this shape decorated in this manner are extremely rare, the stylistic pattern using Western and Chinese plant motifs was employed on other furniture: compare a finely carved zitan cabinet decorated with western rococo floral motifs, from the Palace Museum published in Tian Jiaqing, 'Zitan and Zitan Furniture', Orientations, December, 1994, fig. 5; compare also a red sandalwood chair decorated with dahlia motifs, from the Qing Court Collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in the The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), Hong Kong, 2002, pl. 55.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot should be catalogued as follow:

    A RARE FINELY CARVED MARBLE-TOP HARDWOOD TABLE
    18TH/19TH CENTURY