28 May 2014
A CARVED ZITAN DISPLAY CHEST
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The chest is of rectangular section, the floating-panel doors carved in low relief with classic archaistic C-scroll motifs, opening to reveal a fitted interior composed of three fixed shelves and three drawers carved with similar motifs. The railings around the top are carved with further C-scroll motifs and the integral base is pierced with archaistic scrolls. The chest is mounted with huangtong hinges and lockplates.
16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm.) high, 11 3/4 in. (32.5 cm.) wide, 9 1/2 in. (24.2 cm.) deep
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Unlike many similar chests, this exceptional example is entirely constructed with precious zitan wood, including the inner members and drawers.
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