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A FOUR-TIERED ZITAN PICNIC SET WITH ORIGINAL METALWORK, TIHE
A FOUR-TIERED ZITAN PICNIC SET WITH ORIGINAL METALWORK, TIHE

18TH CENTURY

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A FOUR-TIERED ZITAN PICNIC SET WITH ORIGINAL METALWORK, TIHE
18th century
Of rectangular form, comprising a tall beaded cover and three beaded trays, each neatly keying into the tray above, set on a footed base frame with short sides and side posts, flanked by cloud-form standing spandrels, and joined at the top by a humpback handle, the cover held in place by a brass rod with an ingot-shaped finial extending through the two side supports, the base frame, tray, cover, and handle reinforced by original metal mounts
10½in. (26.7cm.) high, 9 5/8in. (24.3cm.) wide, 5 7/8in. (14.6cm.) deep (4)

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It is unusual to find a four-tiered food box, two or three layers being more common. Compare a zitan four-tiered box with incised and gilded metalwork, 17th century, illustrated by R.H. Ellsworth et al., Chinese Furniture: One Hundred Examples from the Mimi and Raymond Hung Collection, New York, 1996, pp. 226-227, no. 92. See, also, the a huanghuali four-tiered box with similar base and humpback handles sold in these rooms, Important Chinese Furniture, Formerly the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture Collection, 19 September 1996, lot 3, and a pair of zitan three-tier boxes, lot 24. For a discussion of the picnic box form, see Wang Shixiang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1990, vol. I, p. 95-96.
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