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A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE, PINGTOUAN
17TH CENTURY
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3064
A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE, PINGTOUAN
17TH CENTURY
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A HUANGHUALI RECESSED-LEG TABLE, PINGTOUAN
17TH CENTURY
the deep rectangular top with a tapered edge above a narrow straight apron, joined to short spandrels and slightly splayed legs of circular section, with two oval section crossbraces joining the legs at each end, the wood with a rich reddish patina
81.3 by 124.8 by 61 cm, 32 by 49 1/8  by 24 in.
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Provenance

An American private collection.
Sotheby's New York, 23rd March 1999, lot 75.
A European private collection.
Sotheby’s New York, 14th September 2011, lot 128.

Catalogue Note

The classic form of the present table has historically been referred to a 'character one' table type. The Chinese word for 'one' is written as a single horizontal stroke giving a graphic image of this type of very linear table. The descriptive term of 'character one table type' (yi zi zhou shi) is taken from the Wanli period edition of the Lu Ban jing jiang jia jing [The classic of Lu Ban and the craftsman's mirror], named after the mythical patron of the carpenter's craft and containing information on architectural woodwork and the making of furniture.

These tables were designed as surfaces on which to paint. The height and depth are appropriately proportioned for an artist to stand and freely use the brush over a long paper or silk surface. Fine-grain wood, such as huanghuali, were reserved for painting tables as the craftsmen strove for the pure beauty of the grain and structural form.

Compare two longer huanghuali tables, one sold in our New York rooms, 19th March 1997, lot 383, and again 23rd March 2011, lot 671, and another in these rooms, 5th October 2011, lot 2107.

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