A very rare three-colour lacquer stand, 18th century
Lot 8W
A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand 18th century
Sold for £73,250 (US$ 121,466) inc. premium
Auction Details
A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand 18th century A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand 18th century A very rare three-colour lacquer stand, 18th century
Lot Details
A rare Imperial gilt and incised polychrome lacquer stand
18th century
The top finely decorated with a blossom forming the central axis issuing four lotus blossoms, foliate ruyi-heads and four of the Buddhist Emblems, the conch, the parasol, the treasure vase and the victory banner, all surrounded by foliate floral scrolls and framed by four pairs of confronted chilong, with the remaining four Buddhist Emblems, the endless knot, the wheel of fire, the double fish and the lotus framed by foliate floral scrolls, all reserved on an orange ground and framed by a key-fret border, the sides decorated with intertwined geometric scrolls enclosing in the centre the wan symbol flanked on each side by two bats, the waisted neck similarly decorated with a ruyi-head flanked by chilong dragons issuing from archaistic scrolls, all set above the legs decorated on each side and on the top apron with the Eight Buddhist symbols amidst gilt and polychrome floral and foliate scrolls on a reddish ground, each side with reticulated intertwined geometric scroll stretcher, the legs terminating in hoof-shaped supports.
49.5cm (19¼in) wide; 45.5cm (17 7/8in) deep; 45.5cm (17 7/8in) deep

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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