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A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE
A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE
A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE
A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several co… Read more Dr. Gustav and Betty Ecke first met Albert C. and Frances Zane Chock at the Honolulu Art Academy, but their friendship was cemented when they became neighbors. Their houses were separated by hairpin turns on the lone road that joined windward O’ahu with downtown Honolulu. Avoided by many as the site of the retreating Kamehameha ghost warriors, Mr. Chock chose this stretch of the path leading to the Nu’uanu Pali to build his home. Mrs. Chock’s fireplace was the scene for many elegant society parties, which the Eckes attended, and she maintained her friendship with Betty after Dr. Ecke’s death. Upon Dr. Ecke’s recommendation, the Chocks acquired the huanghuali table and the huanghuali chair (lot 999) for their home.PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE HAWAIIAN COLLECTION
A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE

17TH CENTURY

Details
A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE
17TH CENTURY
The single-panel top is set within a wide rectangular frame above beaded aprons and spandrels. The whole is supported on thick legs of rounded section joined by pairs of stretchers.
32 1/8 in. (81.6 cm.) high, 79 1/8 in. (201 cm.) wide, 20 in. (50.8 cm) deep
Provenance
Mr. Albert Chock (1915-1961) and Mrs. Frances Zane Chock (1917- 1997) Collection, Honolulu, Hawaii, and thence by descent.
Literature
Ellsworth R. H., Chinese Hardwood Furniture in Hawaiian Collections, Honolulu, 1982, p. 47, pl. 17.
Exhibited
Honolulu, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Chinese Hardwood Furniture in Hawaiian Collections, 16 January-14 February 1982, no. 17.
Special Notice

Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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The spare, economic lines of the recessed-leg table makes this form one of the most elegant furniture forms. Throughout the Ming period, recessed-leg tables are seen in woodblock prints and paintings, often adorned with antiques and placed within a variety of interiors, including the scholar's studio. A huanghuali recessed-leg table, dated to the seventeenth century, is illustrated by R.D. Jacobsen and N. Grindley, Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 1999, p. 123, no. 40. Another table of similar form, but shorter in length, was sold at Christie's New York, 22-23 March 2018, lot 964.

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