A carved tixi lacquer kang table - Four-character Xuande mark, 18th century

The rectangular top obliquely carved to reveal alternating black and red lacquer layers, with a central panel of joined ruyi heads interspersed with florettes, bordered by a classic scroll incorporating ruyi heads, the design repeated on the apron and extending to the short cabriole legs, the waist carved with a band of dashes and dots, the underside coated in black lacquer, centered with a four-character Xuande mark carved in relief and enclosed by a square against the red lacquer under layer. 16cm x 67cm x 38cm (6¼in x 26 3/8in x 15in). Sold for HK$70,000 plus Premium and tax

Exhibited: Zheng He and the Oceanic Culture: An Exhibition of the Six Hundredth Anniversary of Zheng He's Voyages, The National Museum of History, Taiwan, September 16 - October 23, 2006.
Scholarly Delights: An Exhibition of Carved and Painted Lacquer Ware, The National Museum of History, Taiwan, April 2007.

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