IMPORTANT CABINET EN ZITAN
IMPORTANT CABINET EN ZITAN
IMPORTANT CABINET EN ZITAN
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IMPORTANT CABINET EN ZITAN

CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)

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IMPORTANT CABINET EN ZITAN
CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)
Il est de forme rectangulaire et ouvre à deux vantaux. Chacun est très finement et profondément sculpté de deux dragons à cinq griffes à la poursuite de la perle enflammée, leur corps sinueux aux écailles délicatement rendues, volant sur fond de nuages mouvementés stylisés évoquant des têtes de ruyi, les charnières en bronze doré finement incisées de dragons sur fond de nuages, la ferrure centrale rectangulaire à décor de caractères shou stylisés et deux petites plaques mobiles agrémentées de chauves-souris. La patine du bois est d'une tonalité chaude et brillante.
Hauteur: 102 cm. (40 1/8 in.)
Largeur: 104 cm. (40 7/8 in.)
Profondeur: 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)
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AN IMPORTANT FINELY CARVED ZITAN 'DRAGON' CABINET
CHINA, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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Lot Essay

The present cabinet is exceptional, not only because of its size requiring a substantial amount of the precious zitan wood to be used in its construction, but also because of its superb carved decoration of dragons. This large cabinet, originally the upper part of a compound cabinet, has two front doors, each installed on either side with gilt-bronze plates which are decorated with dragons amongst clouds and waves. The doorpulls, on the other hand, are decorated in low relief with bats and chimes.
This cabinet is notable for its richly carved zitan panels of dragons rising from tumultuous waves against a dense cloud ground. Such imagery was historically popular among, and exclusive to, members of the imperial family, thus placing the present cabinet in the highest class of Chinese furniture. The exceptional high relief and complex composition of the panels are comparable with a large zitan cabinet, similarly decorated with dragon and cloud designs, pictured in situ in the bedroom behind the Yangxin dian (Hall of Mental Cultivation), illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), Hong Kong, 2002, pl. 249. See a large cabinet with four zitan panels decorated with similar dragons sold in Sotheby's Paris, 15 December 2011, lot 35 and another zitan top chest, possibly a match pair to our present cabinet, of exactly the same size and decoration, dated to the Qianlong reign, sold in Sotheby's Paris, 12 June 2018, lot 144.
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