It is interesting to note that the unusual moulded floral cartouches on this piece may be inspired by architectural elements originally made in timber. While related motifs in wood are no longer extant, a raised rectangular platform painted with similar floral cartouches, from the tomb of Zhang Kuangcheng, dated 1093, is illustrated in the catalogue to the exhibition Gilded Splendor: Treasures of China’s Liao Empire (907-1125), Asia Society and Museum, New York, 2006, fig. 21.
Benjamin Shepps went to China as part of General Douglas MacArthur's staff in 1945. He remained in Beijing until 1949-1950 buying antiques for himself as well as New York dealers, especially The "Macreey Sisters" (socialites) who he said bought the business of Yamanaka, New York after WWII. Prominent amongst his clients and friends was Ralph Chait to whom he sold many items.
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