A rare pair of huanguali demi-lune triple-top Georgian-style gaming tables  Circa 1730-1740 (2)
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A rare pair of huanguali demi-lune triple-top Georgian-style gaming tables
Circa 1730-1740
Sold for £56,250 (US$ 75,248) inc. premium

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A rare pair of huanguali demi-lune triple-top Georgian-style gaming tables  Circa 1730-1740 (2) A rare pair of huanguali demi-lune triple-top Georgian-style gaming tables  Circa 1730-1740 (2) A rare pair of huanguali demi-lune triple-top Georgian-style gaming tables  Circa 1730-1740 (2)
A rare pair of huanguali demi-lune triple-top Georgian-style gaming tables
Circa 1730-1740
Each with hinged circular triple-tops lined with green baize when fully opened within carved foliate scroll border interspersed between four oval counter cups, the frieze carved with further foliate scrolls above cylindrical tapering legs terminating with animal-mask feet.
Each 84cm (in) wide x 81.5cm (in) deep x 71cm (in) high. (2).

Footnotes

  • 約1730至1740年 黃花梨蔓草紋半月桌

    Provenance (one of the two): In the 19th century Sir James Gibson-Craig of Riccarton (1765-1850) gave the table to the Hon. Mrs Hay Mackenzie of Cromartie (1829-1888), and thence by descent. In 1934, a descendant of the family entered the Colonial Service and the table was sent to South Africa and eventually Botswana (then known as Bechuanaland) where it was said to have been used in 1965 to sign the documents leading to that country's independence.

    來源: 此桌製於十八世紀中國,用於外銷英國。十九世紀James Gibson-Craig of Riccarton爵士 (1765-1850)將此桌贈予Hon. Mrs Hay Mackenzie of Cromartie (1829-1888),並由後人保存。1934年,家族後人於殖民地部供職,並將此桌帶至南非以及博茨瓦纳(時稱貝專納),據傳用於1965年該國獨立宣言簽字儀式。

    The present lot is an exceptional example of Chinese-Western cultural encounters and would have been specially commissioned according to a western design, probably English, to be made in China. It is interesting to note the Chinese influence demonstrated in the mythical-beast heads carved on the pads.

    A similar huanghuali triple-top gaming table in Georgian style, 1730-1740, is illustrated by C.L.Crossman, The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, Woodbridge, 1991, p.236, pl.87, who describes the table as superb; a related example is at Saltram House, Devon, collection of Richard Milhender, but with a mother-of-pearl inlay on the frieze and lacking the mythical-beast carving on the feet.

    Compare with a related huanghuali 'George II' games table, 18th century, which was sold at Sotheby's New York, 19-20 March 2013, lot 298.
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