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Lot 184: A pair of square-corner 'flower and bird' display cabinets, Liang'ge gui (4)
October 25, 2016
Woollahra, AustraliaLive Auction
A pair of square-corner 'flower and bird' display cabinets, Liang'ge gui
the upper display shelf of each framed by shaped aprons pierced with a frieze of angular stylised kui dragons, above a pair of doors each with two recessed panels, the upper panels carved in relief with medallions enclosing a pair of phoenix beside peony and lingzhi, the lower carved with rectangular panels enclosing a pair of song birds and similar plants, the doors fitted flush and opening to reveal a single shelf on the interior, the separate stand waisted above short cabriole legs with shaped apron, baitong lock fittings
199 cm high (overall), 100 wide, 40 cm deep
Compare with a similarly decorated pair of Ming dynasty huanghuali cabinets from the Huang Zhou Collection illustrated by Wang Chixiang, Classic Chinese Furniture, Ming and early Qing Dynasties, p. 54 fig. 5 and pp. 208 and 209 fig. 137