A fine huanghuali square table, fang zhuo  17th century
Lot 8128W
A fine huanghuali square table, fang zhuo 17th century
Sold for US$ 206,500 inc. premium
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Lot Details
A fine huanghuali square table, fang zhuo
17th century
Based on a bamboo prototype, the richly figured two-board top set into a mitered, mortise and tenon frame with ice-plate edge, over a beaded apron elegantly carved at each corner with bamboo sprays under humpback stretchers wrapped around the vertical supports, the legs and stretchers finely carved imitating solid stalks of bamboo.
33 7/8 x 35 1/4 x 35 1/4in (86 x 89.5 x 89.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    An Italian collection
    Eskenazi Galleries, Milan

    Since the Bronze Age, the fashioning of one material to take on the visual characteristics of another has been a fascinating aesthetic strand in the history of Chinese art. With early bronze vessels bearing imitation rope designs, or fine jade carved to appear as bamboo, or porcelain glazed and painted with a wood grain, the art of crafting one material to imitate another has produced some of the more compelling examples of Chinese material culture. It is interesting to note that in many of these instances--the current table included--the craftsmen has taken great pains to enhance an expensive or desired material, such as huanghuali wood, with added layers of meaning, giving it the noble and resilient qualities inherent in its emulated material --- bamboo.
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