The present lot differs from other published examples of six-poster canopy beds such as lot 2815 in a number of ways. Its unusual simianping, ‘four-sides-flush’ construction in combination with slightly longer and narrower legs lends the bed clean lines and a light feel. An austere elegance is achieved by unity of design with the high latticework railings featuring the wan-design echoed in the narrow upper railings with slanted wan characters. Compare a closely related huanghuali babuchuang, alcove bed, also with simianping base platform construction and wan-design railing but without side stretchers (fig. 1) in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art collection, Kansas City. See another example of similar construction but only the front railing panels in wan-design previously in the Philippe de Backer Collection, sold at China Guardian Beijing, 21 May 2011, lot 3348, for RMB 9,430,000.