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A HUANGHUALI MINIATURE TABLE STAND, WEIXINGJI
A HUANGHUALI MINIATURE TABLE STAND, WEIXINGJI

LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY

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A HUANGHUALI MINIATURE TABLE STAND, WEIXINGJI
Late 16th/early 17th century
The detailed miniature form with a rectangular framed top and everted ends above an 'ice-plate' edge, with a continuously beaded plain apron and cloud-shaped spandrels, slotted into recessed trestle legs of "melon"-section members, each trestle with a carved openwork ruyi panel above the base stretcher feet
5in. (13cm.) high, 15¾in. (40.2cm) wide, 6in. (15.5cm.) deep
Literature
Grace Wu Bruce, Chan Chair and Qin Bench: The Dr. S Y Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture II, Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 156-157, cat. 50.
Exhibited
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 18-24 November, 1999.
Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery,
Washington D.C., 1996-1999.

Lot Essay

Small stands such as these, miniature versions of full-sized furniture, were often used on larger tables to display potted landscapes or the "Three Friends of Incense" - the incense tool vase, incense burner, and incense powder box.

Compare a similar table stand sold at Christie's, New York, 16 September 1999, lot 51.
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