Miniature huanghuali table
China, Ming dynasty, late 16th to 17th century
A miniature table made of huanghuali, the top is supported on two pairs of recessed legs at both ends. The rectangular top has everted flanges above a shaped, beaded apron. The frontward curving legs are supported by lingzhi fungus spandrels in openwork. The well-figured wood is polished and patinated.
Both the design and the construction of this miniature table are identical to a full-scale qiaotouan (meaning ‘everted flanges table’) of the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644), such as an example in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, of nearly 345 cm in length. Such a miniature table, too small for being used as a piece of furniture, would have been used either as a stand to support curios or potted landscapes in a scholar’s studio, or as an altar table in front of a gilt-bronze stature of Buddha. A very similar miniature huanghuali table stand, of closely comparable size, design and proportions and dated to later 16th to early 17th century, is in the Dr. S. Y. Yip collection. Another example of the same dating and comparable both in size and design is in the Lu Ming Shi collection.
the collection of Louise Hawley Stone, Toronto, Canada.
She was the Royal Ontario Museum’s first volunteer and was also a major donor, fundraiser, Board member and committee chair.
Ben Janssens Oriental Art, Novenber 2016
Private Collection, UK
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2 Wang, Shixiang, Classical Chinese Furniture- Ming and early Qing Dynasties, Han-Shan Tang eLtd, London, 1986, p. 175
3 Yip, Sing Yiu and Bruce, Grace Wu, Chan Chair and Qin Bench- The Dr. S. Y. Yip Collection of Classic Chinese Furniture II, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1998, no. 50, pp. 156-7
4 Bruce, Grace Wu, Living with Ming- the Lu Ming Shi Collection, Hong Kong, 2000, no. 69, pp. 208-9