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A rare chinese mother-of pearl inlaid black lacquer scholar's table
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À propos de l'objet

The top comprised of three panels within a rectangular beaded frame, above an elegantly shaped and beaded apron, raised on shaped and molded legs joined on the sides by two high stretchers and terminating in pronounced barbed and splayed feet, the black ground finely flecked overall with mother-of-pearl, the underside covered in red lacquer\nTables of this shape were depicted in paintings as early as the Song dynasty, such as one titled Xizhi xie zhao tu, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in The Chuang Family Bequest of Fine Ming and Qing Furniture in the Shanghai Museum, Hong Kong, 1998, p. 58. A very similar table, inscribed with a Wanli mark to the bottom, in the Qing Court collection, is illustrated in Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties: The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong 2002, vol. 53, pl. 108. A table of the same form and similarly decorated but with a red lacquer top and a Wanli reign mark was sold at Christie's New York, 15th-16th September 2011, lot 1325
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condition

The table is in good overall condition for its age and does not appear to require obvious restoration. It also does not appear to require regluing to any of the joinery as it is very sturdy and does not wobble. It was inspected under UV light, which showed fluorescence on patches of the surface associated with stabilization and reinforcement of the lacquer and mother-of-pearl. Specifically, the top panel appears to have filled/stabilized areas on the sections where the panels have separated or split over time. Other filled/stabilized areas appear on the beaded edges on the top panel, aprons and legs, where some old small chips have been touched up. Other filled/stabilized areas conform to the joinery, particularly where the legs meet the apron. Such filled-in areas have sprinkled mother-of-pearl that appear bluish-gray and are of slightly larger size than the rest of the mother-of-pearl on the surface. The underside has been relacquered red, and the splits in the panels forming the underside surface have been reinforced and stabilized. The ends of the feet, just before the metal hooves, appear to have old filled-in areas. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

dimensions

Height 30 1/2  in.; length 46 in.; depth 30 1/4  in.; 77.5 cm; 116.8 cm; 76.8 cm

literature

Christopher Bruckner, Imperial Patronage: Treasures from Temples and Palaces, London, 2005, p. 21.

provenance

Property of Mrs. Nelson A. Rockefeller Sotheby's New York, March 17, 1984, lot 543 A European Collection Roger Vivier Collection The Rothschild Collection Bernard Baruch Steinitz, Paris

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