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A HUANGHUALI WAISTED SQUARE CORNER-LEG GAMES TABLE, HUOMIANQIZHUO
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A HUANGHUALI WAISTED SQUARE CORNER-LEG GAMES TABLE, HUOMIANQIZHUO

QING DYNASTY, 18-19TH CENTURY

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A HUANGHUALI WAISTED SQUARE CORNER-LEG GAMES TABLE, HUOMIANQIZHUO
QING DYNASTY, 18-19TH CENTURY
The square removable top conceals a rectangular recess for a shuanglu board, gaming board and two cylindrical game piece cups. The whole supported on a narrow waist above four hidden drawers and raised on beaded legs of square section joined by humpback stretchers and terminating in hoof feet.
34 in. (86.3 cm.) high, 36 1/4 in. (92 cm.) square
Provenance
Ian Mclean Antiques, Hong Kong, 11 June 1996
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Lot Essay

Games tables enjoyed particular popularity throughout Ming and Qing dynasties. While designed to fulfill the specific requirements of various recreational activities, such tables were still required to serve in everyday use within a household, and could quickly transition between the two roles by simply replacing the top. Games tables are most often seen in square form, as square tables are more commonly associated with communal activities, such as dining and playing games. Compare with a huanghuali table dated to the late 16th or early 17th century, illustrated by Grace Wu Bruce in The Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, pp. 80-1, no. 27.

This item is made of a type of Dalbergia wood which is subject to CITES export/import restrictions since 2 January 2017. This item can only be shipped to addresses within Hong Kong or collected from our Hong Kong saleroom and office unless a CITES re-export permit is granted. Please contact the department for further information.

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