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An embellished 'huanghuali' box and cover, Qing dynasty, 17th / 18th century | 清十七 / 十八世紀 黃花梨嵌寶花蝶圖蓋盒

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Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton

An embellished 'huanghuali' box and cover, Qing dynasty, 17th / 18th century | 清十七 / 十八世紀 黃花梨嵌寶花蝶圖蓋盒

An embellished 'huanghuali' box and cover, Qing dynasty, 17th / 18th century | 清十七 / 十八世紀 黃花梨嵌寶花蝶圖蓋盒

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Lot sold:

52,920

USD

An embellished 'huanghuali' box and cover

Qing dynasty, 17th / 18th century

清十七 / 十八世紀 黃花梨嵌寶花蝶圖蓋盒


of rectangular form, the cover inlaid with a gnarled prunus branch sprouting from a rock and bamboo outcrop in the upper left corner and sprawling across the composition, the branch comprised of stained wood and issuing mother-of-pearl blossoms and carnelian buds, the bamboo with mother-of-pearl stalks bearing bone leaves, all above various hardstone 'boulders' scattered along the ground and a soapstone lingzhi in the lower corner, mother-of-pearl and hardstone butterflies soaring above, the inner tray and box unadorned (3)


Height 4 in., 10.2 cm; Width 10⅝ in., 27 cm; Depth 6½ in., 16.5 cm

Box and cover are in general good condition, there has been consolidation to the joinery, and restoration to the inlaid decoration, replacing lost elements. The surface with expected wear, some minor losses to the inlay, with minor nicks along the edges, consistent with age and use.

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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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Please note that this lot will require a CITES permit for export outside of the United States.

J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 22nd September 1994.


來源

藍理捷,紐約,1994年9月22日

Zitan and huanghuali scholar's objects embellished with mother-of-pearl and hardstone motifs came into vogue in the late Ming dynasty and continued to enjoy popularity in the subsequent Qing period. The present box has a nearly identical composition, and the same three-dimensional carving to the prunus blossoms, as a box attributed to the 18th century formerly in collection of Dr. Ip Yee, and sold twice in our Hong Kong rooms: 19th November 1984, lot 99, and 8th April 2011, lot 3311. The carving quality and compositional style is also comparable to an inlaid zitan table screen, brushpot, and box and cover attributed to the early and mid-Qing dynasty from the Qing Court Collection, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, pls 229, 238, and 240, respectively. See also a related inlaid huanghuali 'prunus' brushpot attributed to the Kangxi period sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27th November 2005, lot 1485. For a Ming dynasty precursor to the present box, see one by Sun Kehong (1533-1611) inlaid with a flowering prunus tree and a poem, published in Elegantly Made: Art for the Chinese Literati, J.J. Lally & Co., New York, March 2020, cat. no. 7.