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A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI RECTANGULAR CORNER-LEG TABLES, TIAOZHUO MING DYNASTY, EARLY 17TH CENTURY | 明十七世紀初 黃花梨如意角牙馬蹄足四平條桌成對

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Estimate:

2,000,000

to
- 3,000,000 HKD

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION 重要私人珍藏

A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI RECTANGULAR CORNER-LEG TABLES, TIAOZHUO MING DYNASTY, EARLY 17TH CENTURY | 明十七世紀初 黃花梨如意角牙馬蹄足四平條桌成對

A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI RECTANGULAR CORNER-LEG TABLES, TIAOZHUO MING DYNASTY, EARLY 17TH CENTURY | 明十七世紀初 黃花梨如意角牙馬蹄足四平條桌成對

Estimate:

2,000,000

to
- 3,000,000 HKD

Lot sold:

19,535,000

HKD

Property from an Important Collection

A PAIR OF HUANGHUALI RECTANGULAR CORNER-LEG TABLES, TIAOZHUO

MING DYNASTY, EARLY 17TH CENTURY

重要私人珍藏

明十七世紀初 黃花梨如意角牙馬蹄足四平條桌成對


each of simianping, 'four sides flush' form, the top panel set within a rectangular frame above a plain beaded apron, all raised on four straight legs of square section, beaded along the inside edge ending in hoof feet, joined to the apron at each corner by ruyi-shaped scrollwork spandrels

120.5 by 62.7 by h. 87.2 cm, 47 ½ by 24 ¾ by h. 34 ¼ in.

In good overall condition. Part of the spandrels restored or replaced. One table with signs of restoration to the round corners and hoof feet. The other with restoration to the feet.


整體品相良好,部分角牙經修配。一桌圓角處、馬蹄足見修補;另一桌足部有修補。


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。

Peter Lai Antiques, Hong Kong, 10th April 1990.


黎氏古玩,香港,1990年4月10日

This elegant pair of tables exemplifies the ingenuity of Ming carpenters, who developed sophisticated joinery techniques to create tables that could support heavy loads with the minimum use of material. The restrained elegance of these tables is achieved through their simianping, or ‘four corner’s flush’, construction where the legs are set flush to the table top, and joined by carved spandrels that add stability and strength. This design, which first emerged in the Song dynasty (960-1279), was considered one of the most attractive furniture designs in the Ming period.


Narrow rectangular tables with legs at the four corners (zhuo) were some of the most versatile types of furniture, ubiquitous in every Ming households. Woodblock printed illustrations depicts them being used in numerous different ways, according to different needs and contexts. They are commonly depicted in bedrooms and used as writing desks or for informal meals, against the side walls of reception halls where flowers or other tasteful objects were displayed, as well as for formal dining. In such occasions, they were generally fitted with textile frontals, as in a Ming dynasty woodblock illustration of the drama Fen Xiang ji [A record of burning incense], illustrated in Craig Clunas, Chinese Furniture, London, 1988, fig. 34.


A table of very similar design, was sold in our New York rooms, 25th April 1987, lot 527; and a lute table with scroll-shaped spandrels, illustrated in Wang Shixiang, Classic Chinese Furniture. Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, London, 1986, pl. 188. A waistless table of similar proportions, from the collection of Mr and Mrs P. Piccus, was sold at Christie’s New York, 18th September 1997, lot 17, and again, 21st September 2000, lot 35; and one fashioned from zitan wood, illustrated in Grace Wu Bruce, Ming Furniture, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 3, was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28th November 2012, lot 2040


明代木匠善於結構處賦巧思,所造桌案雖用料簡省,然承重無虞。此類桌案清雅素淨,乃作四面平式,腿足與桌面對齊,又接角牙以加固。該設計始於宋、興於明。


四面平式窄長條桌用途甚廣,乃明代千家萬戶之選。考木刻版畫可知,此類條桌用法多樣,可應不同場合需求。常置臥房之內,作書案或餐几,或倚客廳側牆,陳花木或珍玩,亦可設宴,供賓主遞酒布菜。條桌常罩台布,見明傳奇《焚香記》明代木刻本插圖,載於柯律格,《中國家具》,倫敦,1988年,圖34。


一桌與此對頗似,售於紐約蘇富比1987年4月25日,編號527;及一琴桌,亦帶如意角牙,錄於王世襄,《明式家具珍賞》,倫敦,1986年,圖版188。再比一桌,無束腰,構造佈局與現例相近,畢格史伉儷舊藏,曾先後售於紐約佳士得1997年9月18日,編號17,及2000年9月21日,編號35;另一例,紫檀造,錄於伍嘉恩,《明式家具》,香港,1995年,圖版3,售於香港佳士得2012年11月28日,編號2040。