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A HUANGHUALI KANG TABLE, KANGZHUO
A HUANGHUALI KANG TABLE, KANGZHUO

LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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A HUANGHUALI KANG TABLE, KANGZHUO
Late 16th/early 17th century
The rectangular paneled top with a 'water-stopping' rim above an 'ice-plate' edge and plain high waist supported on powerful cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet, the fierce animal mask terminals with fanged, gaping jaws, bulging eyes, flaring nostrils and streaming hair, joined by a beautifully beaded and cusped apron carved with a pair of confronted stylized dragons
11½in. (29cm.) high, 37 1/3in. (94.8cm.) long, 24¾in. (62.9cm.) deep
Literature
Grace Wu Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and Romance with Huanghuali Wood: The Dr. S Y Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, cat. 30, pp. 86-87.
Yip Shing Yiu, 'Collecting Ming Furniture of Huang Hua-Li Wood', Arts of Asia, XX1:3 (May-June 1991), fig. 7, p. 120.
Exhibited
Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 20 September-24 November, 1991.
National Heritage Board, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 1996-1999.

Lot Essay

Compare very similar kang tables in the Shanghai Museum,
illustrated in the Chinese Ming and Qing Furniture Gallery
pamphlet, p. 8, in R.D. Jacobsen, Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1999,
pp. 94-95, no. 27, and in Nicholas Grindley's June 1998 Catalogue, no. 11.

A kang table with animal masks and claw feet, and an unusual convex waist was sold at Christie's, New York, The Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Piccus Collection of Fine Classical Chinese Furniture, 18 September, 1997, lot 31.

See, also, a kang table of zitan with similar animal masks and ball and claw feet, sold at Christie's, New York, Important Chinese Furniture, Formerly the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture Collection, 19 September, 1996, lot 97.
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