A MOTHER-OF-PEARL-INLAID BLACK LACQUER CABINET
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
of rectangular form, fitted with two hinged doors above a deep apron, opening to reveal twenty drawers of various sizes, embellished to the front with mother-of-pearl depicting an animated scene of mounted huntsmen and women engaged in combat set within a landscape with gnarled branches issuing clusters of leaves emerging from rocks, all against a black lacquered ground, the hinges and lockplates detailed with four-clawed dragons and carp interspersed with ruyi pendants, together with a European 19th Century cabriole legged lacquered wood stand
90.5 by 53.5 by 83.5 cm, 35⅝ by 21 by 32⅞ in.
There is a vertical age crack to one door which has been stablised. There are cracks and restorations to the inlaid decorations. The handles on the side may have been repaired, likely for stablisation purposes. There are chips to the edges and some wear, age cracks and minor flakes overall. There are also some refreshing to the lacquer of the interior and the drawers.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Compare a closely related cabinet in the Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, illustrated in Madeleine Jarry, Chinoiserie: Chinese Influence on European Decorative Art 17th and 18th Centuries, London, 1981, p. 155, Ill. 164; and another, possibly purchased Elizabeth Percy, Dutchess of Somerset (1667-1722) and now in the private collection of Lord Egremont, currently on view in the Grand Staircase at Petworth House, West Sussex.