A magnificent finely carved Imperial zitan 'dragon' cabinet and stand
The rectangular cabinet with chamfered corners, the double front doors framed and secured in place by four gilded hinges and locking mechanism, intricately carved on each side with a fierce five-clawed dragon thrashing its wings amidst turbulent waves in search of a flaming pearl with another onlooking dragon in high relief, the same decoration repeated at both sides, each of the triple-tiered drawers also showcasing a pair of the mythical beasts facing-off each other, the sides boasting carefully worked crab, carp, conch, frog and other marine creatures, surmounted at the very top with a fearsome forward-facing dragon, all sitting atop a matching rectangular lotus pedestal supported on four feet at the axis, each side with a ruyi-shaped cartouche with further dragon motifs, all enclosed within fine woodwork of inlaid keyfret wireworks, the handles fashioned in resemblance to baskets.
62cm high. (2).
Chinese Works of Art
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