Lot 3303
  • 3303

AN EXCEPTIONAL AND MASSIVE CABINET WITH ZITAN CARVED 'DRAGON' PANELS QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

Estimate
30,000,000 - 40,000,000 HKD
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Description

of rectangular form, constructed with four zitan panels forming the front doors, each of the two narrower outer panels superbly carved with an elder dragon and a younger dragon writhing sinuously in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' amidst ruyi-shaped cloud scrolls and above tumultuous waves, one panel further carved with an iris spray above an umbrella and victory banner, the other with a peony spray above an endless knot and a carp, flanking the two central and broader panels, each exceptionally and deeply carved with a ferocious en face dragon soaring above a 'flaming pearl' and a further writhing dragon, against a ground densely carved with clusters of ruyi-shaped cloud scrolls and above tempestuous crashing waves, further decorated with a beribboned vase and flowering lotus blossoms, all above a horizontal panel densely carved with ruyi-shaped cloud scrolls, the edges of the exterior and central panels fitted with gilt-bronze hinges decorated with cloud motifs, the edges of the central panels with further gilt-bronze plates and doorpulls decorated in low relief with bats and chimes
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