19 March 2009
A HONGMU SQUARE-CORNER DISPLAY CABINET, DUOBAOGE
Well carved with reticulated lattice work framing open shelves above three drawers carved with bats, one carved with a shou character, and a pair of small reticulated doors, above two larger doors carved with bats suspending beribboned chimes and twin fish, fitted flush around the removable center stile, the shaped apron carved in low relief with archaistic scroll, the cabinet fitted with cloisonné enamel hardware
73¾ in. (187.3 cm.) high, 35 7/8 in. (91.1 cm.) wide, 15 3/16 in. (38.6 cm.) deep
Acquired in Hong Kong c. 1952-5, and thence by descent within the family to the present owner.
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Compare the form of a related jichimu cabinet dated to the late Qing dynasty, illustrated by Tian Jiaqing, Classic Chinese Furniture of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, p. 235, no. 106.
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