3521
3521
A 'HUANGHUALI' HIGH-WAISTED KANG TABLE
LATE MING DYNASTY
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3521
A 'HUANGHUALI' HIGH-WAISTED KANG TABLE
LATE MING DYNASTY
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Portable Treasures – The Dr S.Y. Yip Collection

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A 'HUANGHUALI' HIGH-WAISTED KANG TABLE
LATE MING DYNASTY
the lip-edged top of standard mitre, mortise, and tenon construction framing a single-board, floating panel tongue-and-grooved into the mitred frame and supported by two dove-tailed transverse stretchers underneath, both with exposed tenons, the edge of the frame moulding downward and forming a concave groove in the middle, ending in a beaded edge, the extremely high recessed waist accommodating a drawer in front, the two sides and back tongue-and-grooved to the frame top and the exposed upper portion of the beautifully shaped cabriole legs with curvilinear, beaded-edged aprons half-lapped, mortised and tennoned to them, the drawer with a huangtong plate and pull
27.7 by 61.7 by 46.6 cm, 10 7/8  by 24 1/2  by 18 3/8  in.
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Exhibited

Grace Wu Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and the Romance with Huanghuali wood: The Dr S. Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Art Gallery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1991, pp. 88-89, cat. no. 31.
Art and the Chinese Scholar: the S.Y. Yip Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 1996-99.
The Millennium Exhibition of Ming Furniture from the Dr S Y Yip Collection, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2000.

Catalogue Note

Kang table is a classic type of Ming tables, suitable for use at mat level or on the kang, a hollow brick platform where hot air is driven through to create a warm living space.

Large size kang tables have survived in some numbers but small ones like the present piece are quite rare. Small size kang tables were used on canopy beds, daybeds, luohan beds, as well as on the kang.

This design with an extremely high waist is ideally suited to accommodate a drawer.

Portable Treasures – The Dr S.Y. Yip Collection

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Hong Kong