Lot 718 Ravenel Spring Auction 2020

Ravenel Spring Auction 2020

A HUANGHUALI TABLE CABINET

17th Century

L : 23.5 cm;W : 34.7 cm;H : 34 cm

Estimate

TWD 800,000-1,200,000

HKD 206,000-308,000

USD 26,600-39,800

CNY 189,000-283,000

Sold Price


+ OVERVIEW

This table cabinet is constructed with a cover and drawer compartments beneath. Two opposite cabinet doors close and are secured with the lock plate from the cover. This cabinet has seven compartments and two handles embellished at the sides. It was meticulously designed with close attention to detail, as all edges are polished and round. Table cabinets are numerous in number and often seen in zitan. Huanghuali are fewer in numbers due to their distinguishable grains which need to be matched for an overall aesthetic harmony. Thus, often a single wood panel or careful selection of similar wood panels would be used.

Table cabinets are small in size, but have a complex structure. Two sides are embellished with bronze handles. An additional cover compartment was located on the top. According to historian Wang Shi-Shang, such table cabinets were daily objects in every household of ancient times. They are used to store valuable objects and stationary. They could also be used to keep documents, and other valuable items by officials. Often they are equipped with a mirror on the cover compartment, inducing an interpretation of its use as a female jewelry box, derived from the mirror cabinets of the Song Dynasty.
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Curios: Chinese Works of Art

Ravenel Spring Auction 2020

Saturday, July 18, 2020, 12:00am