AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE HUANGHUALI SIX-POST CANOPY BED MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY | 明十七世紀 黃花梨六柱透雕螭龍瑞獸紋圍子架子床
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION 重要私人珍藏
Property from an Important Collection
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE HUANGHUALI SIX-POST CANOPY BED
MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
well proportioned, the wide rectangular frame enclosing a soft-mat sleeping surface surmounting a constricted waist carved with pairs of confronting chilong divided by short bamboo-form struts, above a shaped apron carved in low relief with stylised dragons striding amidst scrolling foliage bearing lingzhi fungus, supported on four cabriole legs with animal masks at the shoulders ending in claw-and-ball feet, the six square section posts joined with five openwork panels forming a latticework gallery, each panel comprising three horizontal sections, the two front centre sections decorated with a qilin in a landscape with its head turning backward within a cartouche, the side and back centre of conforming design with sinuous dragons alternating with stylised shou medallions, all between the top section with circular chilong roundels and the lower frieze with curling chilong, the top rail reticulated with similar chilong and shou characters, the posts joined at the top by a canopy of corresponding form
In overall good condition with old damage to the centre of the mat. One spandrel and part of the openwork carvings with restoration. Minor restoration to the panels including the frame of one panel at the lower gallery.
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.
Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture, California.
Christie's New York, 19th September 1996, lot 62.
Wang Shixiang, ‘Jian yue ming lian [The beauty of minimalism. Highlights from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture in California]’, National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art, May 1993, no. 122, p. 9.
Wang Shixiang, ‘The Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture in California’, Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society, Autumn 1993, p. 51.
Wang Shixiang and Curtis Evarts, Masterpieces from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture, Chicago and San Francisco, 1995, cat. no. 11.
Wang Shixiang, Mingshi jiaju yanjiu / Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture, Beijing, 2007, p. 399, no. 7.
王世襄，〈The Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture in California〉，《中國古典家具學會季刊》，1993年秋，頁51