A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand 18th century
Lot 8W
A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand 18th century
Sold for £73,250 (US$ 92,467) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand 18th century A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand 18th century A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand 18th century

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 御用紅漆彩繪描金八吉祥紋方几

    Provenance: acquired from John Sparks Ltd., London, on 4 November 1937
    A European private collection and thence by descent

    The present lot is a rare and fine example of the painted lacquer craftsmanship used for Imperial furniture in the Qing Court, combining the techniques of qiangjin ('etched gold') with incised and gilt lines of the design, and tianqi ('filled-in') with applied coloured lacquer set in contrast to the ground colour. Both techniques served to accentuate the effect of opulence and richness of the design in the Palace setting. The form with the intricate reticulated apron, the colour scheme and decorative design are all comparable to Imperial furniture from the Qing Court Collection in the Palace Museum, Beijing. It is extraordinary for its survival given the fragile nature of the soft wood carcass and the layer of lacquer used for Imperial furniture of this type.

    The elaborate fretwork design of the apron and the tapering square shaped feet are very similar to those on a rectangular lacquer table, mid Qing Dynasty, from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), Beijing, 2002, pl.115. Compare also the gilding, colour scheme and scroll borders on a related pair of semi-circular, gilt red lacquered tables, Yongzheng/Qianlong period, from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated ibid, pl.129.

    Compare a related gilt and incised polychrome lacquer low table, 18th century, sold at Sotheby's London, on 11 May 2011, lot 154.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this table is 77.2cm high, not as printed in the catalogue.
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