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A 'HUANGHUALI' RECESSED-LEG TABLE (PINGTOUAN)
LATE MING / EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
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656
A 'HUANGHUALI' RECESSED-LEG TABLE (PINGTOUAN)
LATE MING / EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
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A 'HUANGHUALI' RECESSED-LEG TABLE (PINGTOUAN)
LATE MING / EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
the top of standard miter, mortise and tenon construction, enclosing a two-board floating panel supported underneath by four dovetailed transverse stretchers, the edge of the frame gently molded and beaded, the slightly splayed cylindrical legs double tennoned into the top and cut to house the plain spandreled apron, each pair of legs joined on the short side by two oval-sectioned stretchers
Height 32 in., 81.3 cm; Width 54 in., 137.2 cm, Depth 21 1/2  in., 54.6 cm
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Provenance

Nicholas Grindley, London, November 2002.

Literature

Karen Thomson, ed., The Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg Collection, Montreal, 2015, pl. 174.

Catalogue Note

The classic form of the present table has historically been referred to as 'character one' or yizizhuo. 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' (yizizhuo 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.

For other tables of this form, see Wang Shixiang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, vol. 2, Hong Kong, 1990, pl. B81 and a painting table illustrated in Grace Wu Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and the Romance with Huanghuali Wood, The Dr. S. Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 22 and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 7th October 2015, lot 130.

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