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A PAIR OF 'HUANGHUALI' COMPOUND CABINETS (SIJIANGUI)
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY 
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A PAIR OF 'HUANGHUALI' COMPOUND CABINETS (SIJIANGUI)
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY 
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Details & Cataloguing

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A PAIR OF 'HUANGHUALI' COMPOUND CABINETS (SIJIANGUI)
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY 
each cabinet of rectangular form, comprising a smaller top cabinet resting on a larger bottom one, the top cabinet of miter, mortise, tenon, tongue-and-grooved flush floating-panel construction with four square uprights, the bottom cabinet similarly constructed with rectangular floating panels set within a narrow frame, the side panels on both the top and bottom cabinets of the same miter, mortise, tenon, tongue-and-grooved, flush, floating-panel construction, below the doors of the main cabinet rectangular panels above plain spandreled aprons, the interior of the bottom cabinet with a single shelf over two short drawers and deep well, the baitong circular hinges surface-mounted by four round-headed pins, the similarly surface-mounted central circular plates with three openings for the lock receptacles and shaped door pulls (4)
Height 96 in., 243.8 cm; Width 36 3/4  in., 93.3 cm; Depth 17 1/4  in., 43.8 cm
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Provenance

Jacques Barrère S.A., Paris, 1990.

Catalogue Note

Known as sijiangui (four-part wardrobes), these massive two-part cabinets were generally made and displayed in pairs. Robes and large items would have been stored in the spacious lower cabinets, with smaller items reserved for the top, which being so high up often necessitated the use of a ladder. The two sections also allowed for a dual usage, the top piece to be placed on floor level when required. This would explain why there are so few surviving examples as separate placements meant they were easily dislocated.

Another pair of similar size from the Frederic Mueller collection is illustrated in Robert H. Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture, New York, 1970, pl. 130. Another pair of this form is illustrated in Robert H. Ellsworth, Nicholas Grindley and Anita Christy, Chinese Furniture, One Hundred Examples from the Raymond and Mimi Hung Collection, New York, 1996, cat. no. 73. A similar pair from the Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection is illustrated in Grace Wu Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and Romance with Huanghuali Wood: The Dr. S.Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, cat. no. 46. A pair from the collection of Reverend Richard Fabian sold in these rooms, 15th March 2016, lot 42.

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