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A HUANGHUALI SIX-LEGGED COLLAPSIBLE WASHBASIN STAND, MIANPENJIA
A HUANGHUALI SIX-LEGGED COLLAPSIBLE WASHBASIN STAND, MIANPENJIA

17TH CENTURY

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A HUANGHUALI SIX-LEGGED COLLAPSIBLE WASHBASIN STAND, MIANPENJIA
17th century
The hinged foldable stand with six slender legs joined to a central bar by crossed stretchers with projecting tendons at top and bottom, and with carved buddhist lion finials
24in. (71.1cm) high, 17in. (43.2cm.) wide, 17in. (43.2cm.) deep

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Compare a similar folding washbasin stand with lotus finials illustrated by Wang Shixiang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1990, vol. II, p. 184, E41. For a discussion of washbasin stands, see S. Handler, "Ablutions and Washing Clean: The Chinese Washbasin and Stand," Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society, Autumn 1991, pp. 28-36, and her expanded research in Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture, Berkeley, 2001, ch. 20, pp. 332-344.

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