A rare set of Imperial zitan 'dragon' panels 18th/19th century, set within a later cabinet
Lot 320W
A rare set of Imperial zitan 'dragon' panels
18th/19th century, set within a later cabinet
Sold for £91,250 (US$ 146,445) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare set of Imperial zitan 'dragon' panels 18th/19th century, set within a later cabinet A rare set of Imperial zitan 'dragon' panels 18th/19th century, set within a later cabinet A rare set of Imperial zitan 'dragon' panels 18th/19th century, set within a later cabinet A rare set of Imperial zitan 'dragon' panels 18th/19th century, set within a later cabinet
The Property of an Italian Noble Family 意大利貴族家族藏品
A rare set of Imperial zitan 'dragon' panels
18th/19th century, set within a later cabinet
The four larger zitan panels superbly carved and set as two pairs, each pair comprising two five-clawed dragons in mirror image pursuing the flaming pearl amid cloud scrolls, the two smaller zitan panels each similarly carved with two confronted five-clawed dragons amid cloud scrolls, the six panels all set in a larger softwood cabinet mounted with metal mounts and hinges. 129.8cm x 37cm x 13.7cm (51¼in x 14½in x 44¾in)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: an Italian private collection, according to the family acquired in Rome in the 1950s/60s, and thence by descent

    十八/十九世紀(櫃屬於後期) 御製紫檀雕龍紋板一組(六件)

    來源:意大利私人收藏。根據藏家,於二十世紀五十/六十年代得自羅馬,並由家族繼承下去

    The quality and depth of the carving of the panels is clearly comparable to carved pieces from Imperial collections. A similar zitan panel carved with a dragon is illustrated in Ming Qing Gongting Jiaju Da Guan, Vol.II, Beijing, 2006, pl. 571. Compare also the deeply-carved cloud scrolls embellished with Daoist precious objects illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), Hong Kong, 2002, no. 206.
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