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A MASSIVE HUANGHUALI COMPOUND CABINET, DINGXIANG'GUI
A MASSIVE HUANGHUALI COMPOUND CABINET, DINGXIANG'GUI
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A MASSIVE HUANGHUALI COMPOUND CABINET, DINGXIANG'GUI

QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY

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A MASSIVE HUANGHUALI COMPOUND CABINET, DINGXIANG'GUI
QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY
Of massive rectangular form and beautiful graining, the frame composed of huanghuali veneer over solid hardwood. The hat chest with two huanghuali square-panel doors fitted flush around a removable center stile, above the large cabinet with rectangular huanghuali panel doors similarly fitted and with removable center stile. Fitted with brass hardware and double-fish-shaped pulls, the doors open to reveal the shelved interior and two drawers, above a horizontal panel and plain apron.
110 in. (279.4 cm.) high; 62 7/8 in. (159.7 cm.) wide; 26 ½ in. (67.3 cm.) deep
Provenance
Sotheby's New York, 17 April 1985, lot 406
Christie's New York, 17 September 2008, lot 165
The Heveningham Hall Collection
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Lot Essay

The present cabinet belongs to a group of cabinets known as sijiangui, ‘four-part wardrobes'. These compound cabinets were often made in pairs. Garments and large items would have been stored in the lower cabinets, while smaller items would have been kept in the top chests, often requiring the use of a ladder due to their massive size.

Compare with other pairs of cabinets decorated with plain aprons of various sizes and dating, such as a pair sold in Christie’s Hong Kong, 27 November 2017, lot 8113 for HK$14,500,000. Also see two pairs of veneered cabinets, one from the Reverend Richard Fabian Collection, sold at Sotheby’s New York, 15 March 2016, lot 42; another pair previously in the Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection is illustrated in Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and Romance with Huanghuali Wood: The Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, p.119, no. 46, and sold at Christie’s New York, 20 September 2002, lot 60.

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