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A GOOD AND RARE HUANGHUALI LATTICEWORK SQUARE-CORNER CABINET, TOULING JIAGE

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A GOOD AND RARE HUANGHUALI LATTICEWORK SQUARE-CORNER CABINET, TOULING JIAGE
17TH/18TH CENTURY

The square-cornered top supported on plain corner posts, enclosing the two doors with a latticework design of shaped rectangles and crosses reminiscent of the stylized shou character and embellished on the inner corners with delicately coiled leafy tendrils carved from the same piece of wood, the sides enclosing openwork panels of 'cracked ice' design, the interior fitted with two shelves of 'book-matched' grain, the back comprising tongue-and-grooved double huanghuali panels, the feet joined by stretchers terminating in dragon heads, below circular decorative braces enclosing the chi dragons at the front and back, baitong mounts
63in. (160cm.) high, 47½in. (120.8cm.) wide, 19 3/8in. (49.2cm.) deep
Literature
Sarah Handler, "Cabinets and Shelves Containing All Things in China", JCCFS, Winter, 1993, pp. 18 and 19, fig. 23

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Handler notes, op. cit., that complete disassembly of the cabinet is made possible by the wood hinges of the doors and the movable loose tenons securing the two floating back panels, frames of the side panels, the shelves and the bottom panel of the cabinet's frame

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