A rare Chinese mother-of pearl inlaid black lacquer scholar’s table, Ming dynasty, Wanli period. Estimation 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Unsold. Photo Sotheby’s
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; height 30 1/2 in.; length 46 in.; depth 30 1/4 in.; 77.5 cm; 116.8 cm; 76.8 cm
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
Property of Ann Getty.
LITTERATURE: Christopher Bruckner, Imperial Patronage: Treasures from Temples and Palaces, London, 2005, p. 21.
Tables 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
Sotheby’s. Masterworks. New York | 11 déc. 2014, 10:00 AM