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A huanghuali rounded-corners cabinet, yuanjiao gui Ming dynasty, 17th century | 明 十七世紀 黃花梨圓角櫃

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Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 EUR

Property from an important French private collection | 法國重要私人收藏

A huanghuali rounded-corners cabinet, yuanjiao gui Ming dynasty, 17th century | 明 十七世紀 黃花梨圓角櫃

A huanghuali rounded-corners cabinet, yuanjiao gui Ming dynasty, 17th century | 明 十七世紀 黃花梨圓角櫃

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 EUR

Lot sold:

126,000

EUR

Property from an important French private collection

A huanghuali rounded-corners cabinet, yuanjiao gui

Ming dynasty, 17th century


the rounded projecting four frame members set above the rectangular recessed top panel, joined by four round posts at each corner forming the tapered silhouette, the pair of single panel doors with wooden dowels fitting into sockets in the upper frame and lower front rail, above a plain narrow apron with curved spandrels, with baitong plates, pulls and pin, the interior divided into three shelves and a pair of drawers

(3)

110 x 69 x 43 cm, 43¼ by 27⅛ by 17 in.

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Armoire basse en huanghuali, yuanjiao gui, dynastie Ming, XVIIE siècle

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法國重要私人收藏

明 十七世紀 黃花梨圓角櫃


110 x 69 x 43 公分, 43¼x 27⅛x 17 英寸

(3)

The plank of huanghuali on top is an old addition to the cabinet,‎ since traditionally this type would normally come without it. However it is a classic alteration, allowing objects and vases to be placed on top. There is an old crack to the rear edge of the top towards the right corner and an old shallow chip towards the edge of the upper left corner. There is a triangular chip to the lower right sprandel of the lower apron, but the apron itself seems original, as well as the apron on the side, which is rare. There is expected wear and old chips to the base and edge of the feet. However overall the cabinet seems to have had very limited alteration and is in good condition. It is of lovely proportions and the wood patina is very nice.


中文內容僅供參考,請以英文原版為準。

整體品相良好並保存原有狀態,造型規整,木紋精美。櫃頂板後加,原型並無頂板,屬於正常,使櫃頂加固能承載花器及其它重物。櫃頂後側靠右角邊沿見一個舊裂,左上角邊沿見一處舊磕傷。右下牙板一處三角形磕傷,牙板應為原裝,少見。足底及邊沿見舊磕痕。


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An old French aristocratic collection.

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法國貴族舊藏

One of the most ingenious and beautiful designs of classic Chinese furniture is the sloping-stile, wood-hinged cabinet. The four main stiles are recessed from the corners of the top and slope gently outward in a subtle, almost imperceptible splay. This simple design feature gives the cabinet its refined elegance and a sense of balance and stability.


The doors, with extended dowels on both ends, fit into sockets in the cabinet frame members and act as hinges. Free from the necessity of applied hinges, the clean lines of the cabinet are not interfered with. The rectangular metal plates with their lock receptacles and door pulls not only serve a practical function, but are also judiciously placed as decoration for the otherwise completely plain piece.


Cabinets of this type, with the characteristic round-corners, are known as yuanjiaogui and was widely made throughout the Ming and Qing period. For detailed information on the development of Chinese cabinets see Sarah Handler, ‘Cabinets and Shelves Containing All Things in China’, Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society, Winter, 1993, pp 4-29, where the author illustrates a large yuanjiaogui from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and notes that cabinets of this type became more common on domestic furniture from the 15th century (see p. 13). Another similar cabinet is in the collections of the musée national des arts asiatiques, Guimet, illustrated in Cécile et Michel Beurdeley, Le Mobilier Chinois. Le Guide du Connaisseur, Fribourg, 1979, no. 128 p. 93, where it is described as a 'bookcase with three shelves and two drawers', shu gui.


Compare also a contrasting wood round-corner cabinet of related proportions, sold in our New York rooms, 20th March 2019, lot 706, and another sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3645.

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圓角櫃整體造型下舒上斂,精巧優美,屬中國傳統家具設計臻例。四角直邊由上至下微微撇開,形成幾不可辨之斜面。外形簡約,精緻典雅與平衡穩固集於一身。 


櫃門上下兩端以暗榫與櫃框相連,轉動靈活,代替專門之門軸,使櫃形線條流麗,一氣呵成。長形金屬板連門鎖插銷及把手,除實際功能外,還為素雅櫃身作含蓄點綴。


此類圓角櫃,廣製於明清兩朝。關於此類櫃式的源流演變,可參閱 Sarah Handler〈Cabinets and Shelves Containing All Things in China〉,《Journal of the Classical Chinese Furniture Society》,1993年冬,頁4-29,作者在文中列舉一藏於堪薩斯市 Nelson-Atkins 藝術博物館的大型圓角櫃,並註明此類櫃式在十五世紀家具中逐漸流行(見頁13)。 另一例現藏巴黎吉美博物館,被稱作三層雙抽屜書櫃,圖載於Cécile et Michel Beurdeley,《Le Mobilier Chinois. Le Guide du Connaisseur》,弗賴堡,1979年,編號128 ,頁93。


見一比例相近的圓角櫃,2019年3月20日售於紐約蘇富比,編號706。另一近例2017年10月3日售於香港蘇富比,編號3645。