17th/18th century The soft cane surface tied to a mitered, mortise and tenon frame with ice-plate edge supported by powerful bracket feet joined to wide aprons elegantly carved with split-tailed chilong separated by cloud scrolls and geometric patterns accented by a beaded edge. 20 x 93 1/2 x 62 (50.1 x 237 x 157.5cm)
In his discussion of a daybed in the Minneapolis Museum of Art, Robert Jacobson called that form 'the grandfather of all Chinese furniture,' and went on to describe its role as a veritable missing link in the slow evolution from floor based living in the Han through the chair and table culture of the Tang. See Jacobson and Grindley, Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Museum of Art, Chicago, 1999; pg. 80-81 catalog entry 21.
For closely related huanghuali waisted daybed with a plain frieze, see lot 180, sold Christie's, September 18, 1997;
Please note that the description of this lot should read "A huanghuali daybed, chuang".
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