A hardwood table
Lot 450W
A rare and magnificent jichimu 'phoenix and bat' table 18th/19th century
Sold for £277,250 (US$ 465,728) inc. premium
Auction Details
A magnificent jichimu table 18th/19th century A magnificent jichimu table 18th/19th century A magnificent jichimu table 18th/19th century A magnificent jichimu table 18th/19th century A hardwood table
Lot Details
A rare and magnificent jichimu 'phoenix and bat' table
18th/19th century
The rectangular table superbly and deeply carved on the friezes with a central spread-winged bat flanked by phoenix in flight amidst cloud scrolls with further mythical beast on the top frieze, the tall feet each deeply carved in the round with a phoenix amidst cloud scrolls above rockwork, the top inset with a later hardwood panel.
97.4cm (38¼in) high; 167.5 cm (66in) wide; 70cm (27½in) deep

Footnotes

  • Provenance: a Scottish private collection

    The present lot is a tour de force of Qing Dynasty joinery demonstrated in the sumptuous all-round carving of the legs, each with the impressive phoenix amidst cloud scrolls, flanking the apron carved with a central spread-winged bat flanked by phoenix in flight. The combination of bat and phoenix may also be seen on an impressive zitan throne, luohan chang, 18th/19th century, from the Lin Muhe Collection, exhibited in the National Museum of History, Beijing, illustrated in Splendour of Style: Classical Furniture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Beijing, 1999, Catalogue, pp.110-111; see also bat and phoenix carving on a zitan throne, mid-Qing Dynasty, from the Capital Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Tian Jiaqing in Classic Chinese Furniture of the Qing Dynasty, London, 1996, Catalogue, no.54, pp.136-141, where it is noted that the throne was probably sent as tribute from Guangdong or was made at the Imperial workshop staffed by Guangdong cabinetmakers.
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