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A 'TIANQI' LACQUER 'DRAGON' PANEL LATE MING DYNASTY
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A 'TIANQI' LACQUER 'DRAGON' PANEL LATE MING DYNASTY
Estimate
40,00050,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A 'TIANQI' LACQUER 'DRAGON' PANEL LATE MING DYNASTY
of elongated quatrefoil form, well-incised and colored in varying shades of red, ocher, green and black, the large barbed panel enclosing a five-clawed dragon coiled and writhing among ruyi-shaped clouds in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', its powerful scaly body contorting in mid-air with tempestuous waves crashing against mountainous peaks to one side, all reserved on a sienna-colored ground figured with black wanzi pattern, the underside with further traces of lacquer decoration, all mounted as a low table on a modern, lacquered, cabriole-leg stand
Width 41 in., 104.1 cm
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Provenance

French Private Collection. 

Catalogue Note

The present panel with decoration to both sides appears to have always served as a table top on either a low or more likely a tall table so that the underside decoration could be more readily admired. A four-legged tall incense stand with a smaller top of similar decoration is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Ming and Qing Furniture in the Palace Museum, vol. 18., Beijing, 2015, pp 352-3. Another related example of comparable size designed as a low table is illustrated in Lee Yu-kuan, Oriental Lacquer Art, Tokyo, 1972, pl. 244. Cabinets of the period also bore tianqi-decorated cartouches of similar form and motif. Compare a Wanli mark and period cabinet in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, vol. 2, Hong Kong, 2002, cat. no. 172; a smaller cabinet with a 'dragon and phoenix' cartouche in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum illustrated in Sir Harry Garner, Chinese Lacquer, London, 1979, pl. 128; and a box in the collection of Fritz Low-Beer, published in Fritz Low-Beer, 'Chinese Lacquer of the Middle and Late Ming Period', The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities Bulletin, no. 24, 1952, pl. 99.

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