A rare large huanghuali tapered cabinet, yuanjiaogui Ming Dynasty, 17th century

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Lot 347W
A rare large huanghuali tapered cabinet, yuanjiaogui
Ming Dynasty, 17th century

Sold for £ 242,500 (US$ 333,258) inc. premium
Property from an English Private Collection
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A rare large huanghuali tapered cabinet, yuanjiaogui
Ming Dynasty, 17th century
The flat framed top panel with tiered edges atop the tapering sides and supported on four tall lobed columns extending to form the metal-capped feet, the back and sides formed from single panels, each of the two doors with beaded edging flanking the central strut each with a basket-shaped metal handle a loop for locking with a bolt key, each door embellished with an elegant rectangular panel containing intricately interlocking foliate scrollwork, the doors opening to reveal two interior shelves, the four feet joined at the front and sides with a simple curved apron.
92cm (36 1/4in) x 48.5cm (19in) x 174cm (68 1/2in) high

Footnotes

  • 明十七世紀 黃花梨圓角櫃

    Cabinets such as the present lot were clearly valued for their practical use, as the main place of storage for clothes and linen, and also paintings and books. However as a large piece of furniture, which could dominate a room, such a cabinet could also emphasise the taste and status of the owner, hence becoming the subject matter of learned discourse amongst the literati, with even the smallest detail observed. For example, the famous literatus Wen Zhenheng (1585–1645) in his Zhang wu zhi (Treatise on Superfluous Things) wrote 'cabinets for storing books must be able to hold a great number of volumes, the bigger the better, but they can only be as deep as one album...there must only be two doors, not four or six...the legs must be over one cun high (2.54 cm).'

    Subject to such scrutiny, the materials and design of a piece were of the utmost importance amongst the elite. The expensive and cherished huanghuali wood is used most generously in the present lot, with each of the side panels constructed from a single large glossy panel, and the elliptical inset panels are bordered by a most unusual beaded frame which is both surprisingly intricate yet of the utmost elegance. No doubt the present lot would have met even Wen Zhenheng's exacting tastes.

    It is extremely rare to find tapered cabinets where the doors are embellished with rectangular panels containing such intricate foliate scrollwork, however a very similar cabinet with such panels, formerly in the Collection of Ambassador Milton Freeman, was sold at Sotheby's New York, 25th April 1987, lot 515.
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A rare large huanghuali tapered cabinet, yuanjiaogui Ming Dynasty, 17th century
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A rare large huanghuali tapered cabinet, yuanjiaogui Ming Dynasty, 17th century
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