A very rare lacquer and bamboo two-part centre-table  Yongzheng/Qianlong  (2)
Lot 134TP Y Ф
A very rare lacquer and bamboo two-part centre-table
Yongzheng/Qianlong
Sold for £50,000 (US$ 66,887) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Property of a Lady 女士藏品
A very rare lacquer and bamboo two-part centre-table  Yongzheng/Qianlong  (2) A very rare lacquer and bamboo two-part centre-table  Yongzheng/Qianlong  (2) A very rare lacquer and bamboo two-part centre-table  Yongzheng/Qianlong  (2)
A very rare lacquer and bamboo two-part centre-table
Yongzheng/Qianlong
The top formed as two conjoined leaves, exquisitely carved and lacquered in various levels of relief with ruyi-clouds and flowers in red and green on a gilt ground, the bamboo supports with key fretwork, supporting an undertier in brown lacquer richly decorated with scrolls and foliage. 87cm (37 1/4in) high x 160cm diam (63in). (2).

Footnotes



  • 清雍正/乾隆 木漆描金如意雲紋圓桌

    Provenance: A&J Speelman Oriental Art Ltd., London
    An Italian private collection

    來源: 倫敦古董商A&J Speelman Oriental Art Ltd.
    意大利私人收藏

    Elegantly modelled to resemble two adjoining leaves, this exceptional table is a rare example of remarkable furniture that was likely to have been manufactured during the reign of the Yongzheng emperor. However, the Imperial demand for lacquered furniture continued on into the Qianlong period.

    The wispy lingzhi-shaped clouds, decorating the surface of the table, were very popular during the Yongzheng period. Clouds, yun (雲), form a visual pun on the word 'yun' (運), meaning 'fortune', 'luck' or 'fate'. In an agricultural society, the rain-bearing clouds would have been perceived as a benevolent omen, for the necessary irrigation of the crops. This would also have been read as a sign that the emperor, the 'Son of Heaven', held the mandate to rule.

    After the Yongzheng emperor's disputed ascent to the throne, he seemed to have had a particular fondness for the physical as well as symbolic appearance of auspicious clouds. Scenes of auspicious five-coloured clouds appearing above the sky were recorded several times in the Palace memorials presented to the emperor and legitimised his rule. The Imperial archives also recorded that paintings depicting such particular type of clouds were ordered by the Yongzheng emperor in 1730, see Lin Lina, 'Auspicious symbols and scenes of the Yongzheng period', in Feng Mingzhu, Harmony and Integrity: The Yongzheng Emperor and His Times, Taipei, 2009, pp.374–399.

    A related lacquered circular table, decorated with floral scrolls, Yongzheng, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Caihui jiaju, Beijing, 2009, p.107, pl.67. Another table that uses bamboo to form the decorative aprons and supports, Yongzheng period, is also illustrated in Ibid., p.97, pl.58.
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