A Huanghuali portable table cabinet, Guanpixian Qing dynasty, 18th century | 清十八世紀 黃花梨官皮箱
Property from an important French private collection
A Huanghuali portable table cabinet, Guanpixian
Qing dynasty, 18th century
of rectangular form, the top panel with a hinge top opening to a shallow tray, surmounting a pair of hinged doors in the front, the interior with six drawers, all supported on a slightly splayed base, with baitong mounts
26 x 28 x 20 cm, 10¼ by 11 by 7⅞ in.
Cabinet portatif en Huanghuali, Guanpixian, dynastie Qing, XVIIIE siècle
26 x 28 x 20 公分， 10¼x 11 x 7⅞英寸
The table cabinet is generally in good condition and the wood bears a nice patina. Two of the ruyi-shaped metal mounts at the rear of the top cover are missing and at least on of the two mounts in front is likely to be a later replacement and the smaller mounts securing the top to the sides may also have been later added. There are some expected age cracks to the wood, predominantly on the right front door and along the edges of the top as visible on the photo. There is also an age crack extending from an hinge on one side and some staining on top. One of the huanghuali drawers inside is missing it's metal handle. The hinges of the cover are a little loose.
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Compare two related chests in Robert Jacobsen and Nicholas Grindley, Classical Chinese Furniture in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 1999, cat. nos 67-68, where it is discussed that these boxes, often called 'seal boxes', yinxia, were used for storage of many things, ranging from cosmetics and jewellery to art curious and writing utensils, and were usually made in pairs and presented as gifts.
Compare another huanghuali 17th century table top chest similarly fitted with an upper removable tray, sold in our New York rooms, 19th March 2013, lot 460.
比較兩例，載於Robert Jacobsen及Nicholas Grindley，《Classical Chinese Furniture in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts》，明尼阿波利斯，1999年，編號 67-68，作者論述，官皮箱用於儲物，用途光房，存放梳妝、珠寶、珍玩、文房等物，多成對製成餽禮。