Lot 580
  • 580

A 'HUANGHUALI' RECTANGULAR SIDE TABLE MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 USD
Sold
87,500 USD
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Description

  • huanghuali
  • Height 34 3/8  in., 87.3 cm; Width 37 1/2  in., 95.2 cm; Depth 18 7/8  in., 48 cm
the well-figured single board top set within a miter, mortise and tenon frame of standard construction, with a double-cushion-molded edge, on legs of circular section joined by half-round arched stretchers, wrapping around the corners, enclosing interlocked double-ring struts, the underside with three transverse stretchers

Provenance

Grace Wu Bruce, Hong Kong, 2006.

Exhibited

Ming Furniture, Selections from Hong Kong & London Gallery, Grace Wu Bruce, Hong Kong, 2000, cat. no. 2.

Catalogue Note

The design of the present lot is inspired by nature and archaism, its softy rounded edges imitating the bamboo or cane furniture seen in Song Dynasty painting. The use of a rare and expensive hardwood in imitation of a humbler material speaks to the high-minded refinement expected of a Ming scholar. For further discussion see Ronald Longsdorf, "Chinese Bamboo Furniture, Its History and Influence on Hardwood Furniture Design", Orientations, January 1994, pp. 76-83.
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