Audio (English): A Rare and Unusual Large Huanghuali Demountable Recessed Trestl-Leg Table, Qiaotouan
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A RARE AND UNUSUAL LARGE HUANGHUALI DEMOUNTABLE RECESSED TRESTLE-LEG TABLE, QIAOTOUAN
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A RARE AND UNUSUAL LARGE HUANGHUALI DEMOUNTABLE RECESSED TRESTLE-LEG TABLE, QIAOTOUAN

17TH CENTURY

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A RARE AND UNUSUAL LARGE HUANGHUALI DEMOUNTABLE RECESSED TRESTLE-LEG TABLE, QIAOTOUAN
17TH CENTURY
The thick single-plank top with beaded edge and set with everted ends, the underside with narrow raised border which fits flush around the removable, beaded single-panel aprons carved with integral cloud-form spandrels, joined by tongue and groove construction to the thick trestle legs of rectangular section framing wide single panels carved in openwork with ruyi heads, the aprons on the narrow sides joined in similar fashion, the whole raised on thick shoe feet
34½ in. (87.5 cm.) high, 86 in. (218.5 cm.) wide, 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep
Provenance
Nicholas Grindley, 1996.

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Lot Essay

Demountable trestle-leg tables, which are made to be easily disassembled to facilitate transport, are quite rare, and few extant examples are known. The proportions of the present table, and generous use of large, single planks and panels of huanghuali, suggest an early date, as members generally became smaller due to the shortage of huanghuali in subsequent years. The method of demountable construction is most often seen on these early examples with thick and heavy plank tops, as it made the transportation of such tables much easier.

The superb level of craftsmanship, and style of carving seen on the present table also closely relate to that seen on a larger (368 cm.) imperial huanghuali demountable trestle-leg table in the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (I), Hong Kong, 2002, p. 144, no. 124. (Figs. 1 & 2).

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