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A HUANGHUALI MEDICINE CHEST, YAOXIANG MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY | 明十七世紀 黃花梨十四屜藥箱

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Estimate:

1,500,000 to - 2,000,000 HKD

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION 重要私人珍藏

A HUANGHUALI MEDICINE CHEST, YAOXIANG MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY | 明十七世紀 黃花梨十四屜藥箱

A HUANGHUALI MEDICINE CHEST, YAOXIANG MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY | 明十七世紀 黃花梨十四屜藥箱

Estimate:

1,500,000 to - 2,000,000 HKD

Lot sold:

5,257,000

HKD

Property from an Important Collection 

A HUANGHUALI MEDICINE CHEST, YAOXIANG

MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

重要私人珍藏

明十七世紀 黃花梨十四屜藥箱


the rectangular chest of miter, mortise, tenon, tongue-and-grooved flush floating-panel construction, the hinged doors composed of floating panels set within rectangular frames, the sides and top similarly constructed, the interior with fourteen drawers divided into four rows, above a cusped apron carved with intertwining scrolling tendrils and plain spandrelled side aprons

84.8 by 46 by h. 112.5 cm, 33 ⅜ by 18 ⅛ by h. 44 ¼ in.

Made entirely of huanghuali, the chest is in good overall condition. There are occasional age cracks to the base of the drawers with two of them later replaced with huanghuali.


整體黃花梨,品相完整。惟抽屜底板偶見舊裂,兩底板後配黃花梨,實屬正常。


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.


我們很高興為您提供上述拍品狀況報告。由於敝公司非專業修復人員,在此敦促您向其他專業修復人員索取諮詢,以獲得更詳盡、專業之報告。


準買家應該檢查每款拍品以確認其狀況,蘇富比所作的任何陳述均為專業主觀看法而非事實陳述。準買家應參考有關該拍賣的重要通知(見圖錄)。


雖然本狀況報告或有針對某拍品之討論,但所有拍賣品均根據印於圖錄內之業務規則以拍賣時狀況出售。

Christie's New York, 3rd December 1994, lot 258.


紐約佳士得1994年12月3日,編號258

The panelled doors of this cabinet open to reveal fourteen small drawers of different sizes. Square-corner cabinets with multiple drawers are generally described as apothecary cabinets and used for storing herbs and medicines, but could have been used to store and sort a variety of objects, from documents to writing materials, accessories and treasured objects. The Ming dynasty intellectual and theorist on interior design Li Yu (1611-1680?), in his Xian qing ou ji [Random notes on times of leisure] from 1671, discusses the usefulness of drawers and describes a multi-drawer cabinet designed for scholars after pharmacists’ ‘hundred-eye cabinet’ (bai yan chu).


Apothecary cabinets are unusual and extant examples are more commonly known of smaller size; compare a smaller cabinet lacking the doors, from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, sold in our New York rooms, 19th/20th March 2007, lot 303; and a much smaller one illustrated in Wang Shixiang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1990, vol. II, pl. E21. See also an apothecary chest, from the collection Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, sold in our New York rooms, 30th March 2006, lot 118; and another from the Jingguantang collection, sold twice at Christie’s New York, 20th March 1997, lot 8, and 21st September 2004, lot 15.


Apothecary cabinets are mentioned in the Lu Ban jing [Classics of Lu Ban], the 15th century carpenter’s manual named after the mythical patron of the carpenter’s craft. Here a cabinet with twenty-four drawers arranged in tiers of seven is described and named as yao chu.


雙開門內設十四屜,大小不一。方角多屜櫃通稱藥箱,用於存放藥材,亦可收納文書、筆墨,乃至首飾、珍玩等。明末清初文士李漁(1611-1680年)著《閒情偶寄》,康熙十年(1671年)初刊,論及抽屜之功用,名此類多屜櫃曰「百眼櫥」。


藥箱乃不多見,存世諸例多尺寸較小,比如一例,無門,紐約州水牛城奧爾布賴特.諾克斯美術館舊藏,售於紐約蘇富比2007年3月19/20日,編號303;再比一例,尺寸更小,錄於王世襄,《明式家具研究》,香港,1990年,卷II,圖版E21。另一藥箱,安思遠舊藏,售於紐約蘇富比2006年3月30日,編號118;及一藥箱,靜觀堂舊藏,兩度售於紐約佳士得,1997年3月20日,編號8,及2004年9月21日,編號15。


十五世紀匠心集腋成裘,巧匠尊木工鼻祖魯班之名撰《魯班經》,書中載有一藥箱,分七層二十四屜,曰藥櫥。