A 'huanghuali' recessed-leg table (Qiaotouan), 17th / 18th century | 十七 / 十八世紀 黃花梨夾頭榫如意雲紋牙頭翹頭案
Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton
A 'huanghuali' recessed-leg table (Qiaotouan)
17th / 18th century
十七 / 十八世紀 黃花梨夾頭榫如意雲紋牙頭翹頭案
the single board floating panel top terminating in everted flanges, above a plain apron and shapely 'cloud-collar' spandrels, the ovoid-section legs secured by two pairs of cross braces
Height 31½ in., 80 cm; Width 55 in., 139.7 cm; Depth 16 in., 40.6 cm
The top with water staining and sun bleaching. There is diagonal corner patch repair and another small oval patch repair to a split on the same short side of the table frame. Consolidation to the joinery, both lower stretchers consolidated with pins, one side with patch repairs as well. Expected wear to the surface overall, minor repairs and possible replacements consistent with age and use.
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Nicholas Grindley, London.
The present table, with the richness of the luminous wood subtly tempered by its elegantly restrained lines, exemplifies an iconic form of late Ming /early Qing dynasty hardwood furniture. Designed to be placed against a wall and support an array of treasured objects bracketed between the gracefully rounded flanges, the table would have been a valued addition to an elite literati household.
Similar and closely related examples include a table sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 26th May 2021, lot 529; a smaller table of similar type in our London rooms, 4th November 2020, lot 106; and one in these rooms 16th March 2016, lot 229. A smaller related table, illustrated in Grace Wu Bruce, Dreams of Chu Tan Chamber and Romance with Huanghuali Wood: The Dr. S Y Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture, Hong Kong, 1991, cat. no. 18 was sold at Christie’s New York, 19th September 2002, lot 17. A larger example, lacking everted flanges, from the Robert Ellsworth Collection is illustrated in R. H. Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch'ing Dynasties, New York, 1971, p.153, pl. 49 and 49a and was sold at Christie’s New York, 16th March 2015, lot 46.