Audio (English): A Superb and Very Rare Pair of Large Huanghuali Square-Corner Display Cabinets, Liang'ge Gui
Audio (Chinese): A Superb and Very Rare Pair of Large Huanghuali Square-Corner Display Cabinets, Liang'ge Gui
A SUPERB AND VERY RARE PAIR OF LARGE HUANGHUALI SQUARE-CORNER DISPLAY CABINETS, LIANG'GE GUI
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PROPERTY FROM THE DR. SAM AND ANNETTE MANDEL COLLECTION, PALM BEACH
A SUPERB AND VERY RARE PAIR OF LARGE HUANGHUALI SQUARE-CORNER DISPLAY CABINETS, LIANG'GE GUI

17TH/18TH CENTURY

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A SUPERB AND VERY RARE PAIR OF LARGE HUANGHUALI SQUARE-CORNER DISPLAY CABINETS, LIANG'GE GUI
17TH/18TH CENTURY
Each generously proportioned and of square-corner form, the upper display shelf framed by shaped, beaded aprons carved with interlocked leafy scroll above and a balustrade below carved in openwork with panels of chilong and lingzhi, florets, and chilong confronted on floral bursts, above the panel doors fitted flush and opening to reveal the shelved interior with two drawers, all above a shaped, beaded apron carved with chilong confronted on further interlocked, leafy scroll on the front, and leafy scroll on the sides
75 in. (190.5 cm.) high, 43¼ in. (109.8 cm.) wide, 21¾ in. (55.3 cm.) deep (2)
Provenance
Charles Wong, Hong Kong, 1990s.
Sale room notice
Please note that these cabinets have additional provenance and were once in the collection of renowned film director Li Han Xiang.

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Lot Essay

The display cabinet was an important part of the collector/connoisseur's furnishings, and would have served to simultaneously store and display cherished objects. However, it is quite rare that a pair of cabinets would have survived together. The generous size of the present pair, and the fact that they are constructed entirely from huanghuali, is a testament to the fact that they would have been quite costly and highly prized even at their time of manufacture. While many display cabinets of this form feature balustrades open at the front for ease of placing objects, those with continuous balustrades as seen on the present pair, are well known. See, for example, the huanghuali cabinet dated to the early Qing dynasty, illustrated in Ming Qing Gong Ting Jia Ju Da Guan, Beijing, 2006, p. 300, no. 340. An example of the former type with open balustrade is illustrated ibid., p. 299, no. 339, where it is dated to the Ming dynasty. See, also, two similar pairs of huanghuali display cabinets sold by Christie's, New York; one with low openwork railings from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture Collection, sold 19 September 1996, lot 76, and a less elaborate pair from the Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection, sold 20 September 2002, lot 12.

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