Miniature huanghuali table

Miniature huanghuali table

 Ming dynasty late 16th to 17th century

Length: 17 7/8 inches, 45.5 cm
Width: 5 3/8 inches, 13.5 cm
Height: 5 1/8 inches, 13 cm

Miniature huanghuali table
Miniature huanghuali table

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 wood is well polished and well patinated.


Both design and construction of this piece 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, which is nearly 345 cm in length.[1] 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 statue of Buddha.[2]  A very similar miniature huanghuali table stand, of closely comparable size, design and proportions and dated to the late 16th to early 17th century, is in the Dr. S. Y. Yip collection.[3] Another example of the same dating and comparable both in size and design is in the Lu Ming Shi collection.[4]  Two further comparable miniature qiaotouan tables made of zitan, dated later to the 17th century, are respectively in the collection of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture5 and the Wang Shixiang collection.6


Provenance:  the collection of Louise Hawley Stone (1904 – 1997), Toronto, Canada. She was the Royal Ontario Museum’s first volunteer and was also a major donor, fundraiser, Board member and committee chair.

1 Zhu, J. J. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, vol. I, Hong Kong, 2002, no. 141, p. 166
2 Wang, Shixiang, Classical Chinese Furniture- Ming and early Qing Dynasties, Han-Shan Tang Ltd, London, 1986, p. 175
3 Yip, Sing Yiu and Bruce, G. 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, G. Wu, Living with Ming- the Lu Ming Shi Collection, Hong Kong, 2000, no. 69, pp. 208-9
5 Wang, Shixiang and Evarts, C. Masterpieces from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture, Chinese Art Foundation, Chicago and San Francisco, 1995, no. 85, pp. 182-3
6 Wang, Shixiang, op. cit. no. 175, p. 260


明 十六 – 十七世紀
長:45.5 公分 寬:13.5 公分 高:13 公分
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來源:加拿大多倫多 Louise Hawley Stone 女士收藏; 曾為皇家安大略博物館之主要贊助者及委