Lot 184: A pair of square-corner 'flower and bird' display cabinets, Liang'ge gui (4)

Sotheby's Australia

October 25, 2016
Woollahra, Australia

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Description: 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
(4)
199 cm high (overall), 100 wide, 40 cm deep

OTHER NOTES
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
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