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A LAOHUALI SCROLL END STAND, JI
Qing dynasty
Of sleek, simple profile, carved from a single piece of laohuali, the flat upper surface with rounded front and back edges and curving gently around at the ends to form the scroll-shaped feet
5½in. (13.8cm.) high, 32½in. (82.2cm.) long, 17¾in. (45.3cm.) deep
Literature
Grace Wu Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and Romance with Huanghuali Wood: The Dr. S Y Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, pp. 158-159, cat. 66.
Exhibited
Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 20 September-24 November, 1991.
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 18-24 November, 1999.
National Heritage Board, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 1996-1999.

Lot Essay

Carved from a single piece of laohuali, this style of display stand demanded flawless seasoned timber, expertly worked.

Compare a slightly smaller laohuali stand in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated in R. H. Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, New York, 1971, p. 236, pl. 155. A similar, slightly smaller zitan stand was sold at Christie's, New York, Important Chinese Furniture, Formerly the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture Collection, 19 September, 1996, lot 32.
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