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Charming 18th Century Chinese Walnut Wood Low Kang Table; DH-0136

Charming 18th Century Chinese Walnut Wood Low Kang Table; DH-0136

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This sturdy Shanxi walnut kang table is absolutely loveable.

The walnut wood used for this piece is a pleasure to touch, silky and smooth, with a lovely warm honey hue. The top frame houses a floating single piece walnut wood panel. Apron and waist are carved from one piece of wood and connect to the corner legs. The apron is elegantly curving into the horse hoof shaped legs. The middle of the apron is carved with a fine angular scroll beading, which continues as a single line into the legs and ends in smaller scroll beading. The walnut wood was used generously indicating a wealthy owner.

Lovely piece made from great wood with beautifully executed detailing.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Rare Small 18th Century Chinese Black Lacquer Cabinet with Gilt Paint; DH-0142

Rare Small 18th Century Chinese Black Lacquer Cabinet with Gilt Paint; DH-0142

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This antique Shanxi black lacquer cabinet with gilt paint comes in a rare small size.

A stunning piece with beautiful original patina, simply cleaned and not covered in a shiny new lacquer like many other pieces, this cabinet even retains its original brass fittings with bolt. Black lacquer was less common than red (due to the auspicious meaning of the colour red). Thus, finding a small size black cabinet in great condition is even more unusual. The décor is very subtle, a beautifully drawn lotus and vine pattern typically found in Ming dynasty silk textiles adorns the doors. The frame is painted with an auspicious endless swastika pattern. The top and sides are kept simple without decoration. Doors are hinged with wooden pins and open to reveal a simple interior with a single drawer.

Very charming piece with beautiful details and original patina.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elmwood

Rare Qing Dynasty Chinese Walnut Low Scroll Kang Table; DH-0106

Rare Qing Dynasty Chinese Walnut Low Scroll Kang Table; DH-0106

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This 18th century kang table made from walnut wood is characteristic of Shanxi furniture yet a rare find.

The kang is typically the centre of the house in the colder parts of Northern China. It is a brick platform, which connects to the stove and is heated by fire. Typically, a family life would revolve around it and the family would eat, play cards, chat, etc. on the kang. Accordingly, the furniture would be used while seated and placed against the wall when not used.

This simple yet elegant piece is entirely made from walnut wood, indigenous to Shanxi province and highly rated by local carpenters and their customers alike. The top and the sides are joined using visible dovetail joints. The centre section of the top board is thicker than the sides simulating an apron. The edge is decorated with beading, which goes all the way down the sides and ends in the inward scrolled legs. The sides are decorated with openwork carving with a beautifully executed ruyi carving at the centre.

A rare find, this table combines elegance, proportions and beautiful details.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Antique Chinese Elmwood Altar Table, Qing Dynasty; InvNr.: DH-0159

Antique Chinese Elmwood Altar Table, Qing Dynasty; InvNr.: DH-0159

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: Simple and elegant Chinese altar table from Shanxi province in Northern China. This piece has a warm reddish hue, typical for Southern elm. The top is showing the rich wood grain nicely. The decoration is kept to a minimum, the apron has scrolling ends framing the legs. Simple long legs are connected by two stretchers on each side.

Eye-catching piece with beautiful patina.

Measurements:
 81 x 182 x 27 cm

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

Elegant Pair of Antique Chinese Red Lacquer Food Containers Boxes; DH-0125

Elegant Pair of Antique Chinese Red Lacquer Food Containers Boxes; DH-0125

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: A decorative pair of 19th century red lacquer food boxes with cane weaving from Shanxi province.

This type of box was usually used as gift for important people presented during one of the official outdoors events so popular in Shanxi. The gift presented would be special food to be enjoyed during the event hence the term food container. The more important the recipient, the more ornate the construction was.
The boxes have a warm red lacquer tone and the structure is very refined. The indented corners and concave sides reveal that no expense was spared in their creation. The lid shows beautiful cane weaving as decorative element. The inside is kept simple with black lacquer.

These are beautiful decorative objects for your home decoration.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (See our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: red lacquer

Extremely Rare Chinese Table with Stools, Detachable Top and Foldable Base; DH-0124

Extremely Rare Chinese Table with Stools, Detachable Top and Foldable Base; DH-0124

Country: China

Period: 18th century

Description: This extremely rare 18th century group consisting of a table with four stools is a testimony to the skills and creativity of Shanxi carpenters. The outdoor lifestyle during the summer months with many festival and events fostered the creativity of carpenters to create unique, flexible pieces of furniture to be used in- and outdoors. This complete set is probably one of the most exceptional pieces to have survived to this date.

The table has a removable top and a foldable base, a popular style during the Ming dynasty but very rare today. The removable top on its own forms a square kang table. The table is constructed with a narrow waist and a curved apron with beading along the edge. The cabriole legs are carved on the inside to fit onto the removable legs. The corner of each leg is decorated with beautifully carved masks, foliage and decorative nails. The removable legs are connected by foldable transverse double stretchers and held together in the middle by a forged metal pin.

The four stools have the same wood grain and characteristics as the table and were no doubt produced together with the table as a set. Each seat is segment shaped to fit under the table when not in use. The stools are constructed with round corner legs connected to the top with through mortise and tenon joints. Under the seat are two mouldings with concave surfaces. The curved stretchers below wrap around the legs and are steadied with pillared struts connected to the underside of the seat seat – two sets of double struts on the longest side and one double strut on each other side. Just above the ground is another set of stretchers wrapping around the legs.

This set is rare and highly unusual. The style of table alone is rare but the author knows no other existing set with four original stools. Absolutely stunning collectors item!

Notes:

In Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Minneapolis, 1991, page 136, Robert Jacobson notes, that these "summer-winter" tables were quite common during the Ming Period, but very few survived.

China Guardian auctions sold a similarly constructed table made from Huanghuali wood from the Hung collection at its Hong Kong 2013 Spring Auctions for HKD 3,220,000 (ca. USD 400,000).

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu

Measurements:
Table: 85 x 95 x 95 cm
Stools: 53 x 50 x 32 cm

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

19th Century Chinese Red Lacquer Leather Trunk with Brass Hardware; DH-0134

19th Century Chinese Red Lacquer Leather Trunk with Brass Hardware; DH-0134

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This antique Shanxi province red lacquer chest has a stunning color and beautiful patina.

Made as storage or travelling chest, this piece was constructed from elm wood and covered with leather before the red lacquer was skillfully applied. The corners show how the leather is carefully folded and sewn before the lacquer is applied. The inside is coated with a black lacquer creating a stunning contrast when the trunk is open. The front is decorated with nicely patinated round brass mount and the sides have brass handles.

This piece brings a nice splash of color to your home.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood, leather, lacquer

Rare Set of Four Ming Dynasty 17th Century Rose-Back Chairs; DH-0115

Rare Set of Four Ming Dynasty 17th Century Rose-Back Chairs; DH-0115

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description: This set of four 17th century Shanxi province chairs was made in the rose back style (meiguiyi).
Rose chairs were one of the most popular types of chairs during the Ming and early Qing dynasties and are characterised by an open angular back and armrests. The simple and elegant form is constructed with a round framework. The open backrest has a curved apron on three sides. At the lower back and below the armrests is a horizontal member joined to the seat frame by two (one for the armrests) short vertical braces.
Very unusual and well executed is the slight backwards curve of the backrest and forward curve of the vertical armrest frame (see pictures for details), giving the chairs are certain lightness and playfulness.
Under the seat is a humpback stretcher at each side, joined to the seat frame by two (front and back) or one (sides) vertical braces respectively.
At the front is a footrest stretcher supported by a humpback stretcher. The side stretchers are higher and the back stretcher the highest.

Once a popular type of chair, these were more commonly made in sets of two and surviving sets of four chairs are extremely rare. Beautiful patina with some of the original lacquer surviving.

For reference pieces see:

Wang, Shixiang: Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture – No. A 65- 2 vols Hong Kong, Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd., 1990.

Lo, Kai-Yin: Classical and Vernacular Chinese Furniture in the Living Environment, Examples from the Kai-Yin Lo Collection, p. 124, Hong Kong, Yungmingtang, 1998.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: northern elm

Impressive 16th /17th Century Chinese Ming Dynasty Table With Puddingstone Top; DH-0102

Impressive 16th /17th Century Chinese Ming Dynasty Table With Puddingstone Top; DH-0102

Country: China

Period: 16th/17th Century

Description: This elegantly shaped Northern elm table is a great example of Shanxi province’s vernacular furniture. Shape and style suggest it was used as an offering table in front of a long altar table.
The top frame houses a beautiful, over 4 cm thick puddingstone panel, which is supported by an inner frame (doubling as waist) and two support braces. Between the waist and the aprons sits a rarely seen ledge, which adds to the uniqueness of this piece.

Simple curved aprons meet the graceful cabriole legs. Made from a single piece of wood, the legs seem almost too fragile to bear the weight of the stone top but the master carpenter balanced them perfectly to bear the heavy load. The feet are turned out and sit on pads, all connected by base stretchers.
Parts of the original reddish-brown lacquer remain.

A very unique and impressive example of a Chinese master carpenter’s work.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern Elm, Puddingstone

Pair of Antique Chinese Elmwood Continuous Yoke Back Armchairs Qing Dynasty; InvNr.: DH-0156

Pair of Antique Chinese Elmwood Continuous Yoke Back Armchairs Qing Dynasty; InvNr.: DH-0156

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: A lovely pair of mid-Qing dynasty continuous yoke-back Yumu armchairs from Shanxi province. Raised on four square section legs and joined with stretchers. The apron is carved with a simple floral design. The armrest and backrest are elegantly curved, the backsplat carved with a qilong cartouche. Charming and elegant pair to attract your attention.

Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: elm wood (yumu)

Pair of 18th Century Shanxi Red Lacquer Side Cabinets; DH-0119

Pair of 18th Century Shanxi Red Lacquer Side Cabinets; DH-0119

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This is a lovely pair of 18th century red lacquer side cabinets are typical of Shanxi province.

The beautifully crackled, original red lacquer has visible traces of gilt paint. The finely drawn vases, incense burners and flower motifs adorn the doors, whilst sides and back are kept simple with a black lacquer coating. The doors have patinated old brass fittings adding to the wonderful charm of these pieces. The base is decorated with carved foliate ornaments. The inside is done with a simple shelf offering plenty of storage space and the curved apron at the top adds a nice detail.

Charming pair of lacquer cabinets with lots of character in a rare small size.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: elm wood, lacquer

Chinese 18th Century Qianlong Qing Period Altar Coffer Sideboard; InvNr.: DH-0155

Chinese 18th Century Qianlong Qing Period Altar Coffer Sideboard; InvNr.: DH-0155

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: Stunning Shanxi Province walnut wood three-drawer sideboard dating to the 18th century Qianlong period. Simple elegant design with original hardware. Clear lines with simple carving. Beautiful original patina.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Pair of Early Qing Dynasty Black Lacquer Containers with Polychrome Painting; DH-0116

Pair of Early Qing Dynasty Black Lacquer Containers with Polychrome Painting; DH-0116

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This pair of early Qing dynasty Shanxi province black lacquer food containers is beautifully decorated with polychrome painted landscape scenes.

Made from a poplar wood core, these boxes were originally used as food containers for picnics or outdoor events, a typical part of Shanxi lifestyle.
The black lacquer is decorated with finely painted landscape scenes. The top of each box is decorated with a beautiful landscape scene centred around a lake with hills, pavilions, pagodas and various people on boats, studying and riding horses. The long sides are equally decorated with landscape scenes whilst the short sides are decorated with floral scenes.

These boxes are beautiful coffee table items with lots of details to discover.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: poplar wood, lacquer

Extremely Rare Pair of Chinese 18th Century Walnut Wood Wine Tables Qianlong Period; InvNr.: DH-0113

Extremely Rare Pair of Chinese 18th Century Walnut Wood Wine Tables Qianlong Period; InvNr.: DH-0113

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This extremely rare pair of walnut wood wine tables (jiuzhuo) is the epitome of elegance and beauty, usually only associated classical Chinese hardwood furniture.
The quality of the wood, the craftsmanship, proportions and décor suggest this pair was custom made for a wealthy merchant or nobleman in Shanxi province.
The open style and construction is typical of the early to mid-Qing dynasty. The moulded-edge top frame holds the floating panels, supported by two braces. The waist has an unusual openwork decoration; an elongated opening with a round opening on each side. This decoration is very unusual and very few other pieces with this style are known. On the short sides, this decoration is used once whilst it is used twice along the longer sides. The aprons are joined to the top frame using dovetail wedges. The aprons are decorated with a double carved beading leading all the way down the legs ending in scrolls at the horse-hoof shaped legs.

These tables are absolute masterpieces rarely found in softwood. They must have been well looked after to have survived in such good condition, with all the original patina preserved and adding to their charm.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Small Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Elm Wood Display Cabinet; InvNr: DH-0154

Small Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Elm Wood Display Cabinet; InvNr: DH-0154

 

Period: 19th Century

Description:  This elegant 19th century Jiangsu Province square corner display cabinet is made from Northern elm wood (jumu).

Elegantly proportioned with simple design, this cabinet is relatively small compared to other Chinese cabinets.

All major frame members are created with double concave surfaces, which is the major adornment on this cabinet. The open display section is kept simple with wood paneled back. The double doors have raised center panels showcasing the beautifully grained wood. Between the wood hinged doors is a removable stile and the central section is adorned with beautiful three-piece metal fittings.

The interior is equally kept simple; a shelf with two drawers completes the simple design.

A beautiful and elegant piece of superior craftsmanship. 


Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Elm wood.

Charming antique Chinese Elm Wood Kang Cabinet with Carving; DH-0146

Charming antique Chinese Elm Wood Kang Cabinet with Carving; DH-0146

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: This Northern elm kang cabinet from Shanxi province retains a beautiful original patina.  

The kang, a heated brick platform, was the heart of the Northern Chinese home. Rugs were placed on top for comfort and protection against the cold whilst the furniture needed to be accessible when seated. Thus, this type of low cabinet developed for storage and decoration on the kang.  

This square-corner display cabinet retains much of its original lacquer and patina. The display area at the top is framed with a pierced apron, carved with bamboo, flowers and pine. The middle section has three drawers whilst the area below has centred double doors with round metal mounts.

The space between the legs is decorated with a florally carved apron.

A low cabinet with lots of charm and lovely patina.


Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Elm wood

 Sophisticated Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Walnut Altar Table Dream Stone Top

Sophisticated Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Walnut Altar Table Dream Stone Top

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description:This highly unusual waisted corner-leg altar table with green dream stone (Lùshí 绿石) top from Shanxi province demonstrates the skills of Shanxi master carpenters.

This simple and elegant from the Qing dynasty piece is made from beautifully grained honey-hued walnut wood (核桃木). The floating green dream stone panel sits in a massive top frame. Waist and apron are constructed from one-piece of wood and decorated with single beading, leading all the way down the tapering legs ending in horse-hoof shaped feet. 

The proportions and measurements of this piece are particularly striking. Although similar to a wine table in proportion, this piece is much larger than a typical wine table indicating use as altar table. The generous use of walnut wood and the green stone indicate a wealthy former owner, either an important official or a wealthy merchant. 

A striking and sophisticated piece with a superior appearance.


Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood, Stone (Lùshí 绿石)

Antique Qing Dynasty Walnut Wood Kang Side End Table Qianlong; InvNr.: DH-0133

Antique Qing Dynasty Walnut Wood Kang Side End Table Qianlong; InvNr.: DH-0133

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: Antique Chinese Qing dynasty walnut wood Kang table from Shanxi Province in Northern China. Shanxi was home to prosperous merchants and particularly flourished during the long reign of emperor Qianlong. The merchant culture was beneficial to local artisans and produced some of the most amazing pieces of art and furniture.

This Kang table with corner legs is elegantly shaped, the long legs ending in horsehoof feet. The feet are well carved with geometric designs. A particularly charming feature is the long nosed dragons serving as aprons. Two dragons on each side face each other and their noses meet in the middle.

Great piece to use as side table, coffee table or lamp stand.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Elegant 18th Century Minimalist Ming Style Blackwood Low Table; DG-0130

Elegant 18th Century Minimalist Ming Style Blackwood Low Table; DG-0130

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This elegant 18th century hardwood (hongmu) low table was crafted during the Qing dynasty in the tradition of Ming furniture.

Admired for its elegant proportions and clean lines, Ming style furniture appeals to traditionalists as well as lovers of modern art. Made entirely from blackwood, this stunning low table is a true masterpiece. The top frame, crafted with a drip edge to stop liquid from flowing over the edge, houses a single piece blackwood panel with beautiful wood grain pattern. Waist and apron are carved from one piece of wood (on each side) and connect to the corner horse hoof shaped legs.

Stunning Minimalist low table made with superb blackwood.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: blackwood (hongmu)

18th Century Chinese Official’s Red Lacquer Travelling Seal Box; DH-0137

18th Century Chinese Official’s Red Lacquer Travelling Seal Box; DH-0137

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This antique Shanxi province red lacquer seal box was part of an official’s or scholar’s luggage used to store and transport important seals safely.

The box is constructed from wood coated in a nicely patinated red lacquer, painted with elegant ladies in a landscape setting on each side. The lid is skillfully crafted with concave sides and the base is decorated with carved foliate ornaments. The lid opens to reveal a compartment coated in orange-red lacquer to house the seals. The front of the box has a large opening with a nicely curved apron. A wooden board placed behind the opening covers the secret second seal storage compartment. When the lid is open, the wooden board can be pulled up to reveal the secret seal compartment coated in black lacquer. The metal fittings could be locked with a lock to keep the seals safe and decorative metal handles on the sides allowed for easy handling.

Beautifully executed lacquer box suitable for a high-ranking official or scholar.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: red lacquer

Elegant Simple Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Walnut Bench Kang Table; InvNr: DH-0153

Elegant Simple Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Walnut Bench Kang Table; InvNr: DH-0153

Country: Shanxi, China

Period: 19th Century

Description:

This stunning 19th century kang table made from walnut wood combines elegance and simplicity with exclusive material. Characteristic of Shanxi furniture, pieces of this quality are a rare find nowadays.

 

This piece is made entirely from walnut wood, indigenous to Shanxi province and highly rated by local carpenters and their customers alike. The simple construction consists of top and two sides, joined by invisible, mitred dovetail joints. The edge is decorated with single beading, which goes all the way down the sides and ends in the inward scrolled legs.

 

 

The kang is typically the centre of the house in the colder parts of Northern China. It is a brick platform, which connects to the stove and is heated by fire. Typically, a family life would revolve around it and the family would eat, play cards, chat, etc. on the kang. Accordingly, the furniture would be used while seated and placed against the wall when not used.

A rare find, this table combines elegance, perfect proportions, exclusive material and beautiful details.



Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Chinese Ming Dynasty Scholar’s Red Lacquer Leather Document Box; DH-0148

Chinese Ming Dynasty Scholar’s Red Lacquer Leather Document Box; DH-0148

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description This Ming dynasty scholar’s document box was skilfully crafted from wood, leather, lacquer and brass, all materials that have developed a rich patina over time.

The wooden corpus of this box was first covered with a layer of thin leather before the red lacquer was applied. The coated leather was then gilt-painted with a scene depicting flowers and birds, which is partially preserved to this date. The beautiful large rectangular brass lock-plate at the front and brass hinges at the back are all original. The inside of the box is coated in a warm rusty-orange lacquer.

A beautiful piece characteristic of a wealthy Chinese scholar’s home.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

 

Condition: EXCELLENT

 

Materials /Techniques: Wood/Leather/Red Lacquer

Rare and Early Ming Dynasty 16th Century Huanghuali Wine Table; DH-0118

Rare and Early Ming Dynasty 16th Century Huanghuali Wine Table; DH-0118

Country: China

Period: 15th/16th century

Description: This is an extremely rare and unusual Shanxi province Huanghuali wine table from the mid Ming dynasty.

Huanghuali was the most precious Chinese hardwood used during the Ming dynasty to make the most exquisite furniture. Reserved for the wealthy and noble, Huanghuali has been prized for its beauty and rarity.

The shape and construction of this table pre-dates the pieces known as “classical” Chinese furniture. The style is more coarse and similar to pieces from the early Ming dynasty, in particular a table excavated from the tomb of Zhu Tan, who died in 1389. The table’s surface and underside are not lacquered. The top frame is made from Huanghuali whilst the inset boards are made from Nanmu. A simple curved apron is the only decoration on this simple table. The front and back have a single stretcher and the sides have double stretchers.

The wood has a beautiful patina and shows all the original marks and scratches, which gives it great character. This piece is constructed from the most precious hardwood yet made in a very humble way – a perfect piece of understatement, only recognised by the trained eye.

For reference pieces see:

A table excavated from an early Ming dynasty tomb with near identical shape though without mention of the wood:
Wang, Shixiang: Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture – No. B 38- 2 vols Hong Kong, Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd., 1990.

A very similar piece in Huanghuali from the 15th/16th century:
Orientations, Vol. 33 No. 1, January 2002, p. 73.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: huanghuali wood, nanmu

Excellent Pair of 17th Century Ming Dynasty Chinese Horseshoe Roundback Chairs; InvNr. DH-0147

Excellent Pair of 17th Century Ming Dynasty Chinese Horseshoe Roundback Chairs; InvNr. DH-0147

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description: This impressive pair of Shanxi province black lacquer round back or horseshoe chairs dates to the transitorial period between the late Ming and early Qing dynasties.

These iconic chairs were the inspiration for the famous Danish furniture designer and architect Hans J. Wegner’s “China chair”. Originally, they were used ceremonially and reserved for high-ranking officials and people of social importance. The generous proportions accommodated ceremonial dress and underlined the importance of the person seated.

These chairs retain their original black lacquer with the typical signs of use revealing the beautiful elm wood underneath, thus creating a stunning patina. The chairs are elegantly proportioned, with a continuous semicircle armrest that gets thicker in the middle section. The single panel back splat is decorated with an abstract shou character in the shape of an archaic animal symbolising longevity. The woven soft cane seat is old but was replaced at some point during the last 350 years. Simple aprons and a well-worn footrest complete the elegant style. The underside of the seat retains its original red-brown lacquer.

An absolutely stunning pair of chairs to create a feature in any home.


Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
 

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Elm wood, black lacquer

Elegant Chinese Walnut Wood Qing Dynasty Side Table Stand

Elegant Chinese Walnut Wood Qing Dynasty Side Table Stand

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description:

Elegance, simplicity and beauty are terms often used to describe classical Chinese furniture.

 

This walnut wood stand from Shanxi fits this description very well. A simple corner leg construction, elegantly executed with soft lines and a middle shelf. The legs ending in horse hoof shoes and connected with stretchers. Lovely honey-hued finely grained walnut wood.

A simple and elegant piece of timeless beauty.

 
Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Exceptional Tall Chinese Standing Screen, 19th Century, Qing Dynasty, Lacquer; DH-0103

Exceptional Tall Chinese Standing Screen, 19th Century, Qing Dynasty, Lacquer; DH-0103

Country: China

Period: Qing

Description: This impressive standing screen comes from an important Shanxi province estate.

Originally, this screen would have been placed opposite the entrance to the courtyard or main reception hall. According to Chinese folk belief, evil spirits could walk around corners, thus, blocking the straight path through the door with a standing screen would keep them out. Nowadays, the ways to use this screen are slightly different but even more diverse. Its substantial size makes it a great object for interior decoration; it allows you to create private areas, a room within a room or simply a place very impressive eye catcher.

This screen is constructed from two pieces; a beautifully decorated panel and a base with tall spandrels to slip the panel in. The base is a sturdy construction to support the heavy panel frame, decorated with nicely carved roundels where the spandrels meet the feet. The base retains its original brownish-black lacquer and has three inset panels in red and black. Parts of the base have been re-lacquered at some point in the past, not an unusual feature in antique Shanxi furniture and adding to its character. The panel has two sides, both with beautiful gild decoration. The black lacquer side is more regal, depicting Chinese calligraphy in golden letters on a black background, with a dragon-and-shou-medallion in the middle. The small top and bottom panes show stylised dragons with a shou-symbol between them on red ground. The red lacquer side depicts a scene from a Chinese tale, depicting landscape scenery with a pagoda, several people and two flying cranes. Like the black side, the top and bottom panes show stylised dragons with a shou between them on red ground.

This piece has been well looked after and remains in great condition. It is unique feature in any room and offers a fantastic opportunity to create an outstanding space.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Elm wood, Lacquer

Chinese Ming Dynasty Black Lacquer and Basket Weave Oval Box Container; DH-0100

Chinese Ming Dynasty Black Lacquer and Basket Weave Oval Box Container; DH-0100

Country: China

Period: 16th-17th Century

Description: This simple and charming Chinese oval box with lid, made from black lacquer and basket weave, dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

This piece from Shanxi province is made using a traditional lacquer technique dating back to the Song dynasty. Prior to applying the lacquer, the wood or bamboo base is coated with a woven cloth (traditionally dyed in blue) soaked in a thickened lacquer paste. This adds stability and stops the lacquer from cracking. Then, the layers of lacquer are applied until the desired coating is completed. Part of the lid and part of the bottom half is covered with basket weave for ornamentation.

Rare small piece in very good condition for the age.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Wood, lacquer, bamboo

Late Ming / Early Qing Dynasty Chinese Blackwood Walnut Ice Box; DH-0101

Late Ming / Early Qing Dynasty Chinese Blackwood Walnut Ice Box; DH-0101

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description: This transitional period ice box, made from blackwood (chin: hongmu) and walnut wood, served a dual purpose: it kept food cold and released fresh air through the openings in the lid, much like an early air conditioner.

The solid walnut wood lid is made in two parts; one part has coin shaped air vents to let the cool air circulate whilst the other part is solid. The tapered box comes with original lead lining, which has a little opening at the bottom to let water run off once the ice has melted. The box is made from blackwood-veneered softwood, a feature that was common during the mid-Ming dynasty when hardwood imports were banned and the material was very scarce. The exterior is bound by metal rails and has four bail handles.
The walnut wood stand's frame has a concave edge with straight waist and curved apron, short cabriole legs and base stretchers. The cabriole legs are original whilst the other parts of the base have been replaced.

Highly desirable and rare to find item with great craftsmanship.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood, Blackwood (Hongmu)

Pair of Antique Chinese Wedding Baskets; DH-0107

Pair of Antique Chinese Wedding Baskets; DH-0107

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This pair of 19th century wedding baskets from Zhejiang province has been made with a lot of love for details.

The two tier baskets are finely woven from rattan and set in a bamboo frame decorated with the original brass fittings. The bicolour rattan weaving of the lid shows a shou symbol, wishing the newly weds lots of luck and happiness. The sides of the bamboo frame are carved with additional auspicious symbols. The brass handles have dragonheads on both sides and still have their original patina.

Elaborate examples of the traditional wedding baskets used in Southern China in the olden days.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Bamboo, rattan, brass

18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Elm Occasional Wine Table with Great Patina; DH-0104

18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Elm Occasional Wine Table with Great Patina; DH-0104

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This well proportioned Chinese Shanxi style wine table has retained much of its beautiful original patina.

The classical recessed-leg table has elegantly curved and carved aprons with foliate designs and beading along the edges, which continues all the way down the legs. The legs have foliate relief carvings where the side stretchers meet the legs as well as down at the feet. A raised beading runs down the centre of each leg.

Most of the original brownish-black lacquer is intact, which adds to the beautiful patina.

Wine tables were used for various purposes around the house or garden. They could be used to serve food and drinks when guest arrived, place offerings in front of the house altar or be used outside for special events.

Charming piece retaining much of its original character and patina.

For a similar piece see: Lo, Kai-Yin: Classical and Vernacular Chinese Furniture in the Living Environment, Examples from the Kai-Yin Lo Collection, p. 136, Hong Kong, Yungmingtang, 1998.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern elm

Pair of Elegant Antique Chinese Side Chairs from Suzhou; DH-0105

Pair of Elegant Antique Chinese Side Chairs from Suzhou; DH-0105

Country: China

Period: 1850

Description: This elegant pair of elm wood rectangular-back side chairs is a great example for the elegance and simplicity of furniture from Jiangsu province.

This simple yet elegant shape is well executed with beautiful details. The arched crest rail houses a curved back splat with an auspicious ruyi carving. Below the soft cane seat are nicely curved aprons leading down to the footrest. Parts of the original lacquer remain and add a nice patina to these pieces.

Elegant pair of side chairs from the unique city of Suzhou.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern elm

19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty, Elm Square Low Table; DH-0110

19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty, Elm Square Low Table; DH-0110

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This table is very untypical for Chinese furniture since its format and size are more in line with Western coffee tables than with Chinese low tables.

In the past, tall Chinese square tables were shortened to make them more appealing to Western requirements. However, this late 19th century piece was made this way as you can easily see from the original horse hoof feet and the carvings where the legs meet the frame. This piece with its distinctive features was like made as a special commission.

The construction follows that of a traditional waisted high square table with double stretchers between the legs. The decorative details almost resemble European Art Nouveau, with its elegantly drawn lines. The apron is decorated with raised beading along the edge, which turns into a floral element where it meets the legs. The lower stretches have an almost organic quality to them and the tapering legs end in horse hoof feet.

This piece combines the decorative elements of European Art Nouveau style with the craftsmanship of traditional Chinese furniture.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern Elm

Pair Of Antique Chinese Architectural Woodcarving Panels Lotus And Peony; DH-0108

Pair Of Antique Chinese Architectural Woodcarving Panels Lotus And Peony; DH-0108

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: This pair of antique Chinese pine wood architectural panels were hand carved by master carpenters.

Originally part of a wooden home or temple, these pieces bear witness to the beauty and effort put into building dwellings in the past. The builders would take into account many factors including geomantics and feng shui and only choose the best materials when they built these wooden structures.

These panels are beautifully carved, one with lotus flowers and the other with peonies growing behind a rock. The artistic expression shows just how skilled the woodworkers were at the time…a quality almost lost in our time.

These are great pieces to create a serene setting in your home.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Pine wood, brass

Elegant Chinese 18th Century Elmwood Coffer Sideboard With Drawers; DH-0111

Elegant Chinese 18th Century Elmwood Coffer Sideboard With Drawers; DH-0111

Country: China

Period: 18th century

Description: This 18th century three-drawer sideboard with everted flanges is a classic piece of vernacular Shanxi furniture.

The top is made from beautifully grained and nicely patinated reddish-brown southern elm, with the everted flanges set on top at each end. The three drawers have leaf-shaped carvings with the original lockable brass handles set in the middle. The four panels below the drawers have “firecracker-shaped” raised reliefs. The wavy profiled aprons are carved with foliate designs, typical for Shanxi furniture. The legs and frames between the panels are made from the reddish-brown southern elm, the panels and the aprons are made from northern elm.

The combination of two types of wood makes this piece of vernacular Chinese furniture particularly charming.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern Elm

Pair of 18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Table Lanterns

Pair of 18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Table Lanterns

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: A decorative pair of 18th century Shanxi province elm wood table lantern stands with original lanterns. The removable lanterns sit within the lipped border of the platform. The lanterns would have originally been fitted with paper, which has been replaced by etched glass panels.

These lamps were fitted with German electrical fittings, which can easily be adjusted to your country.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern elm, etched glass

Simple and Elegant 19th Century Ming Style Walnutwood Coffee Scroll Kang Table; DH-0117

Simple and Elegant 19th Century Ming Style Walnutwood Coffee Scroll Kang Table; DH-0117

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: The pure simplicity of this Shanxi province walnutwood kang table is striking.

The kang is typically the centre of the house in the colder parts of Northern China. It is a brick platform, which connects to the stove and is heated by fire. Typically, a family life would revolve around it and the family would eat, play cards, chat, etc. on the kang. Accordingly, the furniture would be used while seated and placed against the wall when not used.

This simple yet elegant piece is entirely made from walnutwood, indigenous to Shanxi province and highly rated by local carpenters and their customers alike. The top and the sides are joined using mitered mortise and tenon joints. The edge is decorated with beading, which goes all the way down the sides and ends in the inward scrolled legs. The wood used is of considerable thickness (circa 3.5 cm or 1 1/3 inch) indicating that money was not an object for person ordering this piece.

A great example demonstrating the simplicity and elegance Ming style furniture is praised for.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Charming 19th Century Southern Elmwood Bench with Dragon Carvings; DH-0120

Charming 19th Century Southern Elmwood Bench with Dragon Carvings; DH-0120

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: Elegantly crafted from warm hued southern elmwood, this 19th century bench comes from Shanxi province.

This bench is beautifully shaped and well-proportioned with lightly tapered legs and nicely carved aprons. The top shows off the lovely wood grain pattern typical of Southern elm. The top frame and the legs are decorated with carved raised mouldings; the aprons are simple with elegantly carved stylized dragons in each corner. The legs are connected with two stretchers on each side to create a strong frame.

Skillfully crafted piece with great details made from carefully selected pieces of southern elm.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: southern elm wood

Vernacular 19th Century Chinese Console Altar Table; DH-0121

Vernacular 19th Century Chinese Console Altar Table; DH-0121

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: This antique Chinese elm wood altar table is a traditional piece of Shanxi province vernacular furniture.
The simple top shows marks of use as an altar table for generations. Usually placed against the back wall of the main hall, vessels and utensils for ancestral worship were arranged on these tables. The apron heads are decorated with floral carvings and beading stretches along the edge of the aprons. The legs are moulded with concave surfaces and display decorative beading. The side panels are kept simple with the only decoration being a ruyi cloud shaped opening, promising wishes to be fulfilled. Parts of the original lacquer are still visible adding to the patina of this piece.

A vernacular character piece for your entrance hall or reception room.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

Elegant Antique Chinese Footrest Low Table with Soft Cane Top; DH-0123

Elegant Antique Chinese Footrest Low Table with Soft Cane Top; DH-0123

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: This 19th century footrest with soft cane top epitomises the elegance of Jiangsu furniture, which was highly rated in ancient China.

This little footrest with a soft cane top would have been placed in front of a chair or daybed. Elegantly proportioned, this little piece has rounded corners and a convex waist. The simple aprons together with the corner legs create a lightly curved line and end in horse hoof feet. The woven cane top is supported with a large brace on the underside of the frame. The original lacquer is largely intact but shows characteristic signs of wear adding a nice patina to this piece.

A beautiful object as standalone piece or used as a low side table.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

Antique Chinese Walnut Wood Flower Stand Tall Side Table; DH-0127

Antique Chinese Walnut Wood Flower Stand Tall Side Table; DH-0127

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This well-proportioned 19th century Shanxi flower stand is made from dark Shanxi walnut wood.

The table is constructed with a waist, which connects the top with the apron and legs. The waist is decorated with raised cloud carvings and double beading where it meets the apron. The elegantly curved apron has raised carving at the centre, which connects to the beading leading all the way down the inside legs. Elegantly shaped humpback stretchers connect the legs to add stability.

A piece of perfect design and proportions. Works well as a side table or placed between a pair of chairs.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Elaborate Multi-Tiered Antique Wedding Food Box; DH-0129

Elaborate Multi-Tiered Antique Wedding Food Box; DH-0129

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description: This 17th century Shanxi province food chest is was originally designed for travelling, ceremonial outings or weddings.
Large portable food boxes like this one were popular items during the Ming dynasty but very few pieces are as exquisitely decorated as this piece. The box consists of four stackable trays, a lid and a carrying rack.
The carrying rack is decorated with elaborate openwork carvings including ruyi and a large lotus flower along the top, dragons on the sides and foliage around the skillfully crafted balustrade at the bottom. Each corner pillar of the balustrade is decorated with finely carved lotus head finials.
The trays are crafted with indented corners and the lid is tiered with indented corners. Both, the carrying rack and the trays are decorated and reinforced with prominent iron mounts. Each corner and joint has mounts attached with boss head nails. Twisted wrought iron rods add additional strength to the sides of the rack.
For transport, a long pole would have been inserted through the swiveling wrought iron ring at the top so two servant could carry it.

Most of the original lacquer inside and outside is still present except for the balustrade at the bottom, where only traces remain.

Great collectors item in excellent condition.

For similar pieces see:

Evarts, Curtis: C.L. Ma Collection: Traditional Chinese Furniture from the Greater Shanxi Region, p. 252 nos. 131 and 132, Hong Kong, C.L. Ma Furniture, 1999.
Lo, Kai-Yin: Classical and Vernacular Chinese Furniture in the Living Environment, Examples from the Kai-Yin Lo Collection, p. 164, Hong Kong, Yungmingtang, 1998.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood, metal

Set of Three Elegant Chinese 18th Century Spindle Back Chairs; DH-0131

Set of Three Elegant Chinese 18th Century Spindle Back Chairs; DH-0131

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: These three elegant 18th century Shanxi spindle-back rose chairs are made from nicely grained elm wood with a soft honey hue.

The chairs are constructed with a humpback top rail, which is supported by round posts that continue into the back legs. It houses eight curved round section spindles. Each stepped armrest houses five spindles and is supported by round posts that continue into the front legs. Below the rectangular seat frame with its soft cane woven seat is a simple apron with single moulding. At the base, the front legs are connected with a footrail whilst side and back are connected with straight stretchers.

Stunning pieces for an eclectic setting!

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: elm wood, soft cane

Antique Chinese Walnut Wood Low Square Sofa Table; DH-0135

Antique Chinese Walnut Wood Low Square Sofa Table; DH-0135

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This low recessed round leg walnut table from Shanxi province is reminiscent of bamboo furniture.

Bamboo possesses a versatility found in few other materials and is considered a symbol of Virtue. However, since bamboo furniture is not very durable, the structure of bamboo was sometimes reproduced in more permanent materials.

The edge of the top frame and the stretchers are carved to mimic the stacked construction of real bamboo furniture though in a more simplified way. The ends of the stretchers are “wrapped” around the round legs.

Simple and elegant piece made from walnut wood with lovely hues.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Pair of Simple and Elegant 18th Century Chinese Walnut Wood Low Cabinets; DH-0139

Pair of Simple and Elegant 18th Century Chinese Walnut Wood Low Cabinets; DH-0139

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: A simple and sturdy construction with the best Northern Chinese walnut wood characterizes this pair of Shanxi province low cabinets.

The reduced design allows focusing on the honey colored walnut wood and the simple metal hardware. The wood has a nice patina with traces of the original reddish-brown lacquer. Inside is a simple shelf and a board at the front, which gives access to the secret compartment below.

Charming pair of low cabinets with reduced design and high-end materials.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Beautifully Carved Chinese 16th-17th Century Ming Dynasty Chest of Drawers; DH-0138

Beautifully Carved Chinese 16th-17th Century Ming Dynasty Chest of Drawers; DH-0138

Country: China

Period: 16th-17th Century

Description: This beautifully carved Ming dynasty chest of drawers displays the typical characteristics of early vernacular furniture.

This piece is constructed from elmwood in a table-like form with three drawers. The front retains much of the original brown lacquer typical for this area whilst the top shows few traces of lacquer. The lacquer coating on the back is extremely well preserved. The legs meet the top around 20 cm from the edge and are moulded with concave surfaces and distinctive beading. Spandrels and aprons are carved with fierce mythological creatures. The drawers are carved in raised relief and decorated with boss head nails. The main drawer shows two impressive Fo-lions with a giant ball, their fierce facial expression typical of the Ming dynasty. Each of the two bottom drawers is carved with a family of deer.

A piece full of character and history, beautiful patina adding the extra spice. A true collector’s piece!

For similar pieces see:
Evarts, Curtis: C.L. Ma Collection: Traditional Chinese Furniture from the Greater Shanxi Region, p. 206 nos. 102 and 103, Hong Kong, C.L. Ma Furniture, 1999.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

Antique Traditional Chinese Medicine Cabinet; DH-0140

Antique Traditional Chinese Medicine Cabinet; DH-0140

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: A Chinese doctor used this traditional medicine cabinet from Shanxi province to store ingredients for his remedies.

This cabinet houses 38 drawers, 35 smaller ones with four compartments each and three bigger ones at the bottom. The front has original paper labels, some of which are still legible, listing the contents of each drawer. Made from Chinese elmwood, this cabinet retains much of its original lacquer and paper labels, giving this piece a lovely patina.

A lovely feature piece, this medicine cabinet will attract lots of attention.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elmwood

Antique Chinese Rosewood Blackwood Mirror Jewellery Box with Mirror; DH-0141

Antique Chinese Rosewood Blackwood Mirror Jewellery Box with Mirror; DH-0141

Country: China

Period: 1900

Description: This charming Southern Chinese jewellery box is made from the finest rosewood.

Elegantly proportioned, this box is decorated with brass fittings, some in the shape of butterflies, and brass handles on the side. Three drawers can be used to store jewellery or other valuables and the top reveals a mirror when opened. This piece is characterised by excellent craftsmanship and use of exquisite materials. Even the hidden parts of the drawers were crafted from the best rosewood.

A very special piece with excellent details.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: Blackwood

Fine Chinese Walnut Wood Kang Table with Folding Legs; DH-0149

Fine Chinese Walnut Wood Kang Table with Folding Legs; DH-0149

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This high-waisted corner-leg kang table from Shanxi province is a fine example of a once popular type of furniture.

 Versatile furniture was omnipresent in Shanxi province, especially pieces that could be used in different situations or settings. The carpenters of Shanxi used their skills to craft excellent pieces but due to the fragility of the moving parts, few pieces survived to this date. 

This rectangular table has a high waist, decorated with oblong openings. The curvilinear apron is decorated with beading along the edge and well carved foliage in the centre. Elegant cabriole legs have ruyi shaped ends and rest on finely carved balls.

If desired, the legs fold underneath, where they are kept in place by a docking frame. All moving parts are constructed from wood and still fully functional.

A testimony to the skills of Shanxi’s master craftsmen, this piece intrigues collectors and design fans alike.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

 

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Charming 18th Century Chinese Walnut Wood Low Kang Table; DH-0136

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This sturdy Shanxi walnut kang table is absolutely loveable.

The walnut wood used for this piece is a pleasure to touch, silky and smooth, with a lovely warm honey hue. The top frame houses a floating single piece walnut wood panel. Apron and waist are carved from one piece of wood and connect to the corner legs. The apron is elegantly curving into the horse hoof shaped legs. The middle of the apron is carved with a fine angular scroll beading, which continues as a single line into the legs and ends in smaller scroll beading. The walnut wood was used generously indicating a wealthy owner.

Lovely piece made from great wood with beautifully executed detailing.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Rare Small 18th Century Chinese Black Lacquer Cabinet with Gilt Paint; DH-0142

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This antique Shanxi black lacquer cabinet with gilt paint comes in a rare small size.

A stunning piece with beautiful original patina, simply cleaned and not covered in a shiny new lacquer like many other pieces, this cabinet even retains its original brass fittings with bolt. Black lacquer was less common than red (due to the auspicious meaning of the colour red). Thus, finding a small size black cabinet in great condition is even more unusual. The décor is very subtle, a beautifully drawn lotus and vine pattern typically found in Ming dynasty silk textiles adorns the doors. The frame is painted with an auspicious endless swastika pattern. The top and sides are kept simple without decoration. Doors are hinged with wooden pins and open to reveal a simple interior with a single drawer.

Very charming piece with beautiful details and original patina.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elmwood

Rare Qing Dynasty Chinese Walnut Low Scroll Kang Table; DH-0106

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This 18th century kang table made from walnut wood is characteristic of Shanxi furniture yet a rare find.

The kang is typically the centre of the house in the colder parts of Northern China. It is a brick platform, which connects to the stove and is heated by fire. Typically, a family life would revolve around it and the family would eat, play cards, chat, etc. on the kang. Accordingly, the furniture would be used while seated and placed against the wall when not used.

This simple yet elegant piece is entirely made from walnut wood, indigenous to Shanxi province and highly rated by local carpenters and their customers alike. The top and the sides are joined using visible dovetail joints. The centre section of the top board is thicker than the sides simulating an apron. The edge is decorated with beading, which goes all the way down the sides and ends in the inward scrolled legs. The sides are decorated with openwork carving with a beautifully executed ruyi carving at the centre.

A rare find, this table combines elegance, proportions and beautiful details.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Antique Chinese Elmwood Altar Table, Qing Dynasty; InvNr.: DH-0159

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: Simple and elegant Chinese altar table from Shanxi province in Northern China. This piece has a warm reddish hue, typical for Southern elm. The top is showing the rich wood grain nicely. The decoration is kept to a minimum, the apron has scrolling ends framing the legs. Simple long legs are connected by two stretchers on each side.

Eye-catching piece with beautiful patina.

Measurements:
 81 x 182 x 27 cm

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

Elegant Pair of Antique Chinese Red Lacquer Food Containers Boxes; DH-0125

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: A decorative pair of 19th century red lacquer food boxes with cane weaving from Shanxi province.

This type of box was usually used as gift for important people presented during one of the official outdoors events so popular in Shanxi. The gift presented would be special food to be enjoyed during the event hence the term food container. The more important the recipient, the more ornate the construction was.
The boxes have a warm red lacquer tone and the structure is very refined. The indented corners and concave sides reveal that no expense was spared in their creation. The lid shows beautiful cane weaving as decorative element. The inside is kept simple with black lacquer.

These are beautiful decorative objects for your home decoration.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (See our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: red lacquer

Extremely Rare Chinese Table with Stools, Detachable Top and Foldable Base; DH-0124

Country: China

Period: 18th century

Description: This extremely rare 18th century group consisting of a table with four stools is a testimony to the skills and creativity of Shanxi carpenters. The outdoor lifestyle during the summer months with many festival and events fostered the creativity of carpenters to create unique, flexible pieces of furniture to be used in- and outdoors. This complete set is probably one of the most exceptional pieces to have survived to this date.

The table has a removable top and a foldable base, a popular style during the Ming dynasty but very rare today. The removable top on its own forms a square kang table. The table is constructed with a narrow waist and a curved apron with beading along the edge. The cabriole legs are carved on the inside to fit onto the removable legs. The corner of each leg is decorated with beautifully carved masks, foliage and decorative nails. The removable legs are connected by foldable transverse double stretchers and held together in the middle by a forged metal pin.

The four stools have the same wood grain and characteristics as the table and were no doubt produced together with the table as a set. Each seat is segment shaped to fit under the table when not in use. The stools are constructed with round corner legs connected to the top with through mortise and tenon joints. Under the seat are two mouldings with concave surfaces. The curved stretchers below wrap around the legs and are steadied with pillared struts connected to the underside of the seat seat – two sets of double struts on the longest side and one double strut on each other side. Just above the ground is another set of stretchers wrapping around the legs.

This set is rare and highly unusual. The style of table alone is rare but the author knows no other existing set with four original stools. Absolutely stunning collectors item!

Notes:

In Classical Chinese Furniture in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Minneapolis, 1991, page 136, Robert Jacobson notes, that these "summer-winter" tables were quite common during the Ming Period, but very few survived.

China Guardian auctions sold a similarly constructed table made from Huanghuali wood from the Hung collection at its Hong Kong 2013 Spring Auctions for HKD 3,220,000 (ca. USD 400,000).

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu

Measurements:
Table: 85 x 95 x 95 cm
Stools: 53 x 50 x 32 cm

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

19th Century Chinese Red Lacquer Leather Trunk with Brass Hardware; DH-0134

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This antique Shanxi province red lacquer chest has a stunning color and beautiful patina.

Made as storage or travelling chest, this piece was constructed from elm wood and covered with leather before the red lacquer was skillfully applied. The corners show how the leather is carefully folded and sewn before the lacquer is applied. The inside is coated with a black lacquer creating a stunning contrast when the trunk is open. The front is decorated with nicely patinated round brass mount and the sides have brass handles.

This piece brings a nice splash of color to your home.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood, leather, lacquer

Rare Set of Four Ming Dynasty 17th Century Rose-Back Chairs; DH-0115

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description: This set of four 17th century Shanxi province chairs was made in the rose back style (meiguiyi).
Rose chairs were one of the most popular types of chairs during the Ming and early Qing dynasties and are characterised by an open angular back and armrests. The simple and elegant form is constructed with a round framework. The open backrest has a curved apron on three sides. At the lower back and below the armrests is a horizontal member joined to the seat frame by two (one for the armrests) short vertical braces.
Very unusual and well executed is the slight backwards curve of the backrest and forward curve of the vertical armrest frame (see pictures for details), giving the chairs are certain lightness and playfulness.
Under the seat is a humpback stretcher at each side, joined to the seat frame by two (front and back) or one (sides) vertical braces respectively.
At the front is a footrest stretcher supported by a humpback stretcher. The side stretchers are higher and the back stretcher the highest.

Once a popular type of chair, these were more commonly made in sets of two and surviving sets of four chairs are extremely rare. Beautiful patina with some of the original lacquer surviving.

For reference pieces see:

Wang, Shixiang: Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture – No. A 65- 2 vols Hong Kong, Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd., 1990.

Lo, Kai-Yin: Classical and Vernacular Chinese Furniture in the Living Environment, Examples from the Kai-Yin Lo Collection, p. 124, Hong Kong, Yungmingtang, 1998.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: northern elm

Impressive 16th /17th Century Chinese Ming Dynasty Table With Puddingstone Top; DH-0102

Country: China

Period: 16th/17th Century

Description: This elegantly shaped Northern elm table is a great example of Shanxi province’s vernacular furniture. Shape and style suggest it was used as an offering table in front of a long altar table.
The top frame houses a beautiful, over 4 cm thick puddingstone panel, which is supported by an inner frame (doubling as waist) and two support braces. Between the waist and the aprons sits a rarely seen ledge, which adds to the uniqueness of this piece.

Simple curved aprons meet the graceful cabriole legs. Made from a single piece of wood, the legs seem almost too fragile to bear the weight of the stone top but the master carpenter balanced them perfectly to bear the heavy load. The feet are turned out and sit on pads, all connected by base stretchers.
Parts of the original reddish-brown lacquer remain.

A very unique and impressive example of a Chinese master carpenter’s work.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern Elm, Puddingstone

Pair of Antique Chinese Elmwood Continuous Yoke Back Armchairs Qing Dynasty; InvNr.: DH-0156

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: A lovely pair of mid-Qing dynasty continuous yoke-back Yumu armchairs from Shanxi province. Raised on four square section legs and joined with stretchers. The apron is carved with a simple floral design. The armrest and backrest are elegantly curved, the backsplat carved with a qilong cartouche. Charming and elegant pair to attract your attention.

Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: elm wood (yumu)

Pair of 18th Century Shanxi Red Lacquer Side Cabinets; DH-0119

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This is a lovely pair of 18th century red lacquer side cabinets are typical of Shanxi province.

The beautifully crackled, original red lacquer has visible traces of gilt paint. The finely drawn vases, incense burners and flower motifs adorn the doors, whilst sides and back are kept simple with a black lacquer coating. The doors have patinated old brass fittings adding to the wonderful charm of these pieces. The base is decorated with carved foliate ornaments. The inside is done with a simple shelf offering plenty of storage space and the curved apron at the top adds a nice detail.

Charming pair of lacquer cabinets with lots of character in a rare small size.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: elm wood, lacquer

Chinese 18th Century Qianlong Qing Period Altar Coffer Sideboard; InvNr.: DH-0155

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: Stunning Shanxi Province walnut wood three-drawer sideboard dating to the 18th century Qianlong period. Simple elegant design with original hardware. Clear lines with simple carving. Beautiful original patina.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Pair of Early Qing Dynasty Black Lacquer Containers with Polychrome Painting; DH-0116

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This pair of early Qing dynasty Shanxi province black lacquer food containers is beautifully decorated with polychrome painted landscape scenes.

Made from a poplar wood core, these boxes were originally used as food containers for picnics or outdoor events, a typical part of Shanxi lifestyle.
The black lacquer is decorated with finely painted landscape scenes. The top of each box is decorated with a beautiful landscape scene centred around a lake with hills, pavilions, pagodas and various people on boats, studying and riding horses. The long sides are equally decorated with landscape scenes whilst the short sides are decorated with floral scenes.

These boxes are beautiful coffee table items with lots of details to discover.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: poplar wood, lacquer

Extremely Rare Pair of Chinese 18th Century Walnut Wood Wine Tables Qianlong Period; InvNr.: DH-0113

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This extremely rare pair of walnut wood wine tables (jiuzhuo) is the epitome of elegance and beauty, usually only associated classical Chinese hardwood furniture.
The quality of the wood, the craftsmanship, proportions and décor suggest this pair was custom made for a wealthy merchant or nobleman in Shanxi province.
The open style and construction is typical of the early to mid-Qing dynasty. The moulded-edge top frame holds the floating panels, supported by two braces. The waist has an unusual openwork decoration; an elongated opening with a round opening on each side. This decoration is very unusual and very few other pieces with this style are known. On the short sides, this decoration is used once whilst it is used twice along the longer sides. The aprons are joined to the top frame using dovetail wedges. The aprons are decorated with a double carved beading leading all the way down the legs ending in scrolls at the horse-hoof shaped legs.

These tables are absolute masterpieces rarely found in softwood. They must have been well looked after to have survived in such good condition, with all the original patina preserved and adding to their charm.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Small Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Elm Wood Display Cabinet; InvNr: DH-0154

 

Period: 19th Century

Description:  This elegant 19th century Jiangsu Province square corner display cabinet is made from Northern elm wood (jumu).

Elegantly proportioned with simple design, this cabinet is relatively small compared to other Chinese cabinets.

All major frame members are created with double concave surfaces, which is the major adornment on this cabinet. The open display section is kept simple with wood paneled back. The double doors have raised center panels showcasing the beautifully grained wood. Between the wood hinged doors is a removable stile and the central section is adorned with beautiful three-piece metal fittings.

The interior is equally kept simple; a shelf with two drawers completes the simple design.

A beautiful and elegant piece of superior craftsmanship. 


Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Elm wood.

Charming antique Chinese Elm Wood Kang Cabinet with Carving; DH-0146

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: This Northern elm kang cabinet from Shanxi province retains a beautiful original patina.  

The kang, a heated brick platform, was the heart of the Northern Chinese home. Rugs were placed on top for comfort and protection against the cold whilst the furniture needed to be accessible when seated. Thus, this type of low cabinet developed for storage and decoration on the kang.  

This square-corner display cabinet retains much of its original lacquer and patina. The display area at the top is framed with a pierced apron, carved with bamboo, flowers and pine. The middle section has three drawers whilst the area below has centred double doors with round metal mounts.

The space between the legs is decorated with a florally carved apron.

A low cabinet with lots of charm and lovely patina.


Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Elm wood

Sophisticated Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Walnut Altar Table Dream Stone Top

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description:This highly unusual waisted corner-leg altar table with green dream stone (Lùshí 绿石) top from Shanxi province demonstrates the skills of Shanxi master carpenters.

This simple and elegant from the Qing dynasty piece is made from beautifully grained honey-hued walnut wood (核桃木). The floating green dream stone panel sits in a massive top frame. Waist and apron are constructed from one-piece of wood and decorated with single beading, leading all the way down the tapering legs ending in horse-hoof shaped feet. 

The proportions and measurements of this piece are particularly striking. Although similar to a wine table in proportion, this piece is much larger than a typical wine table indicating use as altar table. The generous use of walnut wood and the green stone indicate a wealthy former owner, either an important official or a wealthy merchant. 

A striking and sophisticated piece with a superior appearance.


Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood, Stone (Lùshí 绿石)

Antique Qing Dynasty Walnut Wood Kang Side End Table Qianlong; InvNr.: DH-0133

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: Antique Chinese Qing dynasty walnut wood Kang table from Shanxi Province in Northern China. Shanxi was home to prosperous merchants and particularly flourished during the long reign of emperor Qianlong. The merchant culture was beneficial to local artisans and produced some of the most amazing pieces of art and furniture.

This Kang table with corner legs is elegantly shaped, the long legs ending in horsehoof feet. The feet are well carved with geometric designs. A particularly charming feature is the long nosed dragons serving as aprons. Two dragons on each side face each other and their noses meet in the middle.

Great piece to use as side table, coffee table or lamp stand.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Elegant 18th Century Minimalist Ming Style Blackwood Low Table; DG-0130

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This elegant 18th century hardwood (hongmu) low table was crafted during the Qing dynasty in the tradition of Ming furniture.

Admired for its elegant proportions and clean lines, Ming style furniture appeals to traditionalists as well as lovers of modern art. Made entirely from blackwood, this stunning low table is a true masterpiece. The top frame, crafted with a drip edge to stop liquid from flowing over the edge, houses a single piece blackwood panel with beautiful wood grain pattern. Waist and apron are carved from one piece of wood (on each side) and connect to the corner horse hoof shaped legs.

Stunning Minimalist low table made with superb blackwood.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: blackwood (hongmu)

18th Century Chinese Official’s Red Lacquer Travelling Seal Box; DH-0137

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This antique Shanxi province red lacquer seal box was part of an official’s or scholar’s luggage used to store and transport important seals safely.

The box is constructed from wood coated in a nicely patinated red lacquer, painted with elegant ladies in a landscape setting on each side. The lid is skillfully crafted with concave sides and the base is decorated with carved foliate ornaments. The lid opens to reveal a compartment coated in orange-red lacquer to house the seals. The front of the box has a large opening with a nicely curved apron. A wooden board placed behind the opening covers the secret second seal storage compartment. When the lid is open, the wooden board can be pulled up to reveal the secret seal compartment coated in black lacquer. The metal fittings could be locked with a lock to keep the seals safe and decorative metal handles on the sides allowed for easy handling.

Beautifully executed lacquer box suitable for a high-ranking official or scholar.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: red lacquer

Elegant Simple Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Walnut Bench Kang Table; InvNr: DH-0153

Country: Shanxi, China

Period: 19th Century

Description:

This stunning 19th century kang table made from walnut wood combines elegance and simplicity with exclusive material. Characteristic of Shanxi furniture, pieces of this quality are a rare find nowadays.

 

This piece is made entirely from walnut wood, indigenous to Shanxi province and highly rated by local carpenters and their customers alike. The simple construction consists of top and two sides, joined by invisible, mitred dovetail joints. The edge is decorated with single beading, which goes all the way down the sides and ends in the inward scrolled legs.

 

 

The kang is typically the centre of the house in the colder parts of Northern China. It is a brick platform, which connects to the stove and is heated by fire. Typically, a family life would revolve around it and the family would eat, play cards, chat, etc. on the kang. Accordingly, the furniture would be used while seated and placed against the wall when not used.

A rare find, this table combines elegance, perfect proportions, exclusive material and beautiful details.



Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Chinese Ming Dynasty Scholar’s Red Lacquer Leather Document Box; DH-0148

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description This Ming dynasty scholar’s document box was skilfully crafted from wood, leather, lacquer and brass, all materials that have developed a rich patina over time.

The wooden corpus of this box was first covered with a layer of thin leather before the red lacquer was applied. The coated leather was then gilt-painted with a scene depicting flowers and birds, which is partially preserved to this date. The beautiful large rectangular brass lock-plate at the front and brass hinges at the back are all original. The inside of the box is coated in a warm rusty-orange lacquer.

A beautiful piece characteristic of a wealthy Chinese scholar’s home.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

 

Condition: EXCELLENT

 

Materials /Techniques: Wood/Leather/Red Lacquer

Rare and Early Ming Dynasty 16th Century Huanghuali Wine Table; DH-0118

Country: China

Period: 15th/16th century

Description: This is an extremely rare and unusual Shanxi province Huanghuali wine table from the mid Ming dynasty.

Huanghuali was the most precious Chinese hardwood used during the Ming dynasty to make the most exquisite furniture. Reserved for the wealthy and noble, Huanghuali has been prized for its beauty and rarity.

The shape and construction of this table pre-dates the pieces known as “classical” Chinese furniture. The style is more coarse and similar to pieces from the early Ming dynasty, in particular a table excavated from the tomb of Zhu Tan, who died in 1389. The table’s surface and underside are not lacquered. The top frame is made from Huanghuali whilst the inset boards are made from Nanmu. A simple curved apron is the only decoration on this simple table. The front and back have a single stretcher and the sides have double stretchers.

The wood has a beautiful patina and shows all the original marks and scratches, which gives it great character. This piece is constructed from the most precious hardwood yet made in a very humble way – a perfect piece of understatement, only recognised by the trained eye.

For reference pieces see:

A table excavated from an early Ming dynasty tomb with near identical shape though without mention of the wood:
Wang, Shixiang: Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture – No. B 38- 2 vols Hong Kong, Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd., 1990.

A very similar piece in Huanghuali from the 15th/16th century:
Orientations, Vol. 33 No. 1, January 2002, p. 73.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: huanghuali wood, nanmu

Excellent Pair of 17th Century Ming Dynasty Chinese Horseshoe Roundback Chairs; InvNr. DH-0147

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description: This impressive pair of Shanxi province black lacquer round back or horseshoe chairs dates to the transitorial period between the late Ming and early Qing dynasties.

These iconic chairs were the inspiration for the famous Danish furniture designer and architect Hans J. Wegner’s “China chair”. Originally, they were used ceremonially and reserved for high-ranking officials and people of social importance. The generous proportions accommodated ceremonial dress and underlined the importance of the person seated.

These chairs retain their original black lacquer with the typical signs of use revealing the beautiful elm wood underneath, thus creating a stunning patina. The chairs are elegantly proportioned, with a continuous semicircle armrest that gets thicker in the middle section. The single panel back splat is decorated with an abstract shou character in the shape of an archaic animal symbolising longevity. The woven soft cane seat is old but was replaced at some point during the last 350 years. Simple aprons and a well-worn footrest complete the elegant style. The underside of the seat retains its original red-brown lacquer.

An absolutely stunning pair of chairs to create a feature in any home.


Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
 

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Elm wood, black lacquer

Elegant Chinese Walnut Wood Qing Dynasty Side Table Stand

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description:

Elegance, simplicity and beauty are terms often used to describe classical Chinese furniture.

 

This walnut wood stand from Shanxi fits this description very well. A simple corner leg construction, elegantly executed with soft lines and a middle shelf. The legs ending in horse hoof shoes and connected with stretchers. Lovely honey-hued finely grained walnut wood.

A simple and elegant piece of timeless beauty.

 
Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Exceptional Tall Chinese Standing Screen, 19th Century, Qing Dynasty, Lacquer; DH-0103

Country: China

Period: Qing

Description: This impressive standing screen comes from an important Shanxi province estate.

Originally, this screen would have been placed opposite the entrance to the courtyard or main reception hall. According to Chinese folk belief, evil spirits could walk around corners, thus, blocking the straight path through the door with a standing screen would keep them out. Nowadays, the ways to use this screen are slightly different but even more diverse. Its substantial size makes it a great object for interior decoration; it allows you to create private areas, a room within a room or simply a place very impressive eye catcher.

This screen is constructed from two pieces; a beautifully decorated panel and a base with tall spandrels to slip the panel in. The base is a sturdy construction to support the heavy panel frame, decorated with nicely carved roundels where the spandrels meet the feet. The base retains its original brownish-black lacquer and has three inset panels in red and black. Parts of the base have been re-lacquered at some point in the past, not an unusual feature in antique Shanxi furniture and adding to its character. The panel has two sides, both with beautiful gild decoration. The black lacquer side is more regal, depicting Chinese calligraphy in golden letters on a black background, with a dragon-and-shou-medallion in the middle. The small top and bottom panes show stylised dragons with a shou-symbol between them on red ground. The red lacquer side depicts a scene from a Chinese tale, depicting landscape scenery with a pagoda, several people and two flying cranes. Like the black side, the top and bottom panes show stylised dragons with a shou between them on red ground.

This piece has been well looked after and remains in great condition. It is unique feature in any room and offers a fantastic opportunity to create an outstanding space.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Elm wood, Lacquer

Chinese Ming Dynasty Black Lacquer and Basket Weave Oval Box Container; DH-0100

Country: China

Period: 16th-17th Century

Description: This simple and charming Chinese oval box with lid, made from black lacquer and basket weave, dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

This piece from Shanxi province is made using a traditional lacquer technique dating back to the Song dynasty. Prior to applying the lacquer, the wood or bamboo base is coated with a woven cloth (traditionally dyed in blue) soaked in a thickened lacquer paste. This adds stability and stops the lacquer from cracking. Then, the layers of lacquer are applied until the desired coating is completed. Part of the lid and part of the bottom half is covered with basket weave for ornamentation.

Rare small piece in very good condition for the age.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Wood, lacquer, bamboo

Late Ming / Early Qing Dynasty Chinese Blackwood Walnut Ice Box; DH-0101

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description: This transitional period ice box, made from blackwood (chin: hongmu) and walnut wood, served a dual purpose: it kept food cold and released fresh air through the openings in the lid, much like an early air conditioner.

The solid walnut wood lid is made in two parts; one part has coin shaped air vents to let the cool air circulate whilst the other part is solid. The tapered box comes with original lead lining, which has a little opening at the bottom to let water run off once the ice has melted. The box is made from blackwood-veneered softwood, a feature that was common during the mid-Ming dynasty when hardwood imports were banned and the material was very scarce. The exterior is bound by metal rails and has four bail handles.
The walnut wood stand's frame has a concave edge with straight waist and curved apron, short cabriole legs and base stretchers. The cabriole legs are original whilst the other parts of the base have been replaced.

Highly desirable and rare to find item with great craftsmanship.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood, Blackwood (Hongmu)

Pair of Antique Chinese Wedding Baskets; DH-0107

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This pair of 19th century wedding baskets from Zhejiang province has been made with a lot of love for details.

The two tier baskets are finely woven from rattan and set in a bamboo frame decorated with the original brass fittings. The bicolour rattan weaving of the lid shows a shou symbol, wishing the newly weds lots of luck and happiness. The sides of the bamboo frame are carved with additional auspicious symbols. The brass handles have dragonheads on both sides and still have their original patina.

Elaborate examples of the traditional wedding baskets used in Southern China in the olden days.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Bamboo, rattan, brass

18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Elm Occasional Wine Table with Great Patina; DH-0104

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This well proportioned Chinese Shanxi style wine table has retained much of its beautiful original patina.

The classical recessed-leg table has elegantly curved and carved aprons with foliate designs and beading along the edges, which continues all the way down the legs. The legs have foliate relief carvings where the side stretchers meet the legs as well as down at the feet. A raised beading runs down the centre of each leg.

Most of the original brownish-black lacquer is intact, which adds to the beautiful patina.

Wine tables were used for various purposes around the house or garden. They could be used to serve food and drinks when guest arrived, place offerings in front of the house altar or be used outside for special events.

Charming piece retaining much of its original character and patina.

For a similar piece see: Lo, Kai-Yin: Classical and Vernacular Chinese Furniture in the Living Environment, Examples from the Kai-Yin Lo Collection, p. 136, Hong Kong, Yungmingtang, 1998.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern elm

Pair of Elegant Antique Chinese Side Chairs from Suzhou; DH-0105

Country: China

Period: 1850

Description: This elegant pair of elm wood rectangular-back side chairs is a great example for the elegance and simplicity of furniture from Jiangsu province.

This simple yet elegant shape is well executed with beautiful details. The arched crest rail houses a curved back splat with an auspicious ruyi carving. Below the soft cane seat are nicely curved aprons leading down to the footrest. Parts of the original lacquer remain and add a nice patina to these pieces.

Elegant pair of side chairs from the unique city of Suzhou.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern elm

19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty, Elm Square Low Table; DH-0110

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This table is very untypical for Chinese furniture since its format and size are more in line with Western coffee tables than with Chinese low tables.

In the past, tall Chinese square tables were shortened to make them more appealing to Western requirements. However, this late 19th century piece was made this way as you can easily see from the original horse hoof feet and the carvings where the legs meet the frame. This piece with its distinctive features was like made as a special commission.

The construction follows that of a traditional waisted high square table with double stretchers between the legs. The decorative details almost resemble European Art Nouveau, with its elegantly drawn lines. The apron is decorated with raised beading along the edge, which turns into a floral element where it meets the legs. The lower stretches have an almost organic quality to them and the tapering legs end in horse hoof feet.

This piece combines the decorative elements of European Art Nouveau style with the craftsmanship of traditional Chinese furniture.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern Elm

Pair Of Antique Chinese Architectural Woodcarving Panels Lotus And Peony; DH-0108

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: This pair of antique Chinese pine wood architectural panels were hand carved by master carpenters.

Originally part of a wooden home or temple, these pieces bear witness to the beauty and effort put into building dwellings in the past. The builders would take into account many factors including geomantics and feng shui and only choose the best materials when they built these wooden structures.

These panels are beautifully carved, one with lotus flowers and the other with peonies growing behind a rock. The artistic expression shows just how skilled the woodworkers were at the time…a quality almost lost in our time.

These are great pieces to create a serene setting in your home.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Pine wood, brass

Elegant Chinese 18th Century Elmwood Coffer Sideboard With Drawers; DH-0111

Country: China

Period: 18th century

Description: This 18th century three-drawer sideboard with everted flanges is a classic piece of vernacular Shanxi furniture.

The top is made from beautifully grained and nicely patinated reddish-brown southern elm, with the everted flanges set on top at each end. The three drawers have leaf-shaped carvings with the original lockable brass handles set in the middle. The four panels below the drawers have “firecracker-shaped” raised reliefs. The wavy profiled aprons are carved with foliate designs, typical for Shanxi furniture. The legs and frames between the panels are made from the reddish-brown southern elm, the panels and the aprons are made from northern elm.

The combination of two types of wood makes this piece of vernacular Chinese furniture particularly charming.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)
Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern Elm

Pair of 18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Table Lanterns

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: A decorative pair of 18th century Shanxi province elm wood table lantern stands with original lanterns. The removable lanterns sit within the lipped border of the platform. The lanterns would have originally been fitted with paper, which has been replaced by etched glass panels.

These lamps were fitted with German electrical fittings, which can easily be adjusted to your country.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Northern elm, etched glass

Simple and Elegant 19th Century Ming Style Walnutwood Coffee Scroll Kang Table; DH-0117

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: The pure simplicity of this Shanxi province walnutwood kang table is striking.

The kang is typically the centre of the house in the colder parts of Northern China. It is a brick platform, which connects to the stove and is heated by fire. Typically, a family life would revolve around it and the family would eat, play cards, chat, etc. on the kang. Accordingly, the furniture would be used while seated and placed against the wall when not used.

This simple yet elegant piece is entirely made from walnutwood, indigenous to Shanxi province and highly rated by local carpenters and their customers alike. The top and the sides are joined using mitered mortise and tenon joints. The edge is decorated with beading, which goes all the way down the sides and ends in the inward scrolled legs. The wood used is of considerable thickness (circa 3.5 cm or 1 1/3 inch) indicating that money was not an object for person ordering this piece.

A great example demonstrating the simplicity and elegance Ming style furniture is praised for.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Charming 19th Century Southern Elmwood Bench with Dragon Carvings; DH-0120

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: Elegantly crafted from warm hued southern elmwood, this 19th century bench comes from Shanxi province.

This bench is beautifully shaped and well-proportioned with lightly tapered legs and nicely carved aprons. The top shows off the lovely wood grain pattern typical of Southern elm. The top frame and the legs are decorated with carved raised mouldings; the aprons are simple with elegantly carved stylized dragons in each corner. The legs are connected with two stretchers on each side to create a strong frame.

Skillfully crafted piece with great details made from carefully selected pieces of southern elm.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: southern elm wood

Vernacular 19th Century Chinese Console Altar Table; DH-0121

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: This antique Chinese elm wood altar table is a traditional piece of Shanxi province vernacular furniture.
The simple top shows marks of use as an altar table for generations. Usually placed against the back wall of the main hall, vessels and utensils for ancestral worship were arranged on these tables. The apron heads are decorated with floral carvings and beading stretches along the edge of the aprons. The legs are moulded with concave surfaces and display decorative beading. The side panels are kept simple with the only decoration being a ruyi cloud shaped opening, promising wishes to be fulfilled. Parts of the original lacquer are still visible adding to the patina of this piece.

A vernacular character piece for your entrance hall or reception room.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

Elegant Antique Chinese Footrest Low Table with Soft Cane Top; DH-0123

Country: China

Period: 19th century

Description: This 19th century footrest with soft cane top epitomises the elegance of Jiangsu furniture, which was highly rated in ancient China.

This little footrest with a soft cane top would have been placed in front of a chair or daybed. Elegantly proportioned, this little piece has rounded corners and a convex waist. The simple aprons together with the corner legs create a lightly curved line and end in horse hoof feet. The woven cane top is supported with a large brace on the underside of the frame. The original lacquer is largely intact but shows characteristic signs of wear adding a nice patina to this piece.

A beautiful object as standalone piece or used as a low side table.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

Antique Chinese Walnut Wood Flower Stand Tall Side Table; DH-0127

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This well-proportioned 19th century Shanxi flower stand is made from dark Shanxi walnut wood.

The table is constructed with a waist, which connects the top with the apron and legs. The waist is decorated with raised cloud carvings and double beading where it meets the apron. The elegantly curved apron has raised carving at the centre, which connects to the beading leading all the way down the inside legs. Elegantly shaped humpback stretchers connect the legs to add stability.

A piece of perfect design and proportions. Works well as a side table or placed between a pair of chairs.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Elaborate Multi-Tiered Antique Wedding Food Box; DH-0129

Country: China

Period: 17th Century

Description: This 17th century Shanxi province food chest is was originally designed for travelling, ceremonial outings or weddings.
Large portable food boxes like this one were popular items during the Ming dynasty but very few pieces are as exquisitely decorated as this piece. The box consists of four stackable trays, a lid and a carrying rack.
The carrying rack is decorated with elaborate openwork carvings including ruyi and a large lotus flower along the top, dragons on the sides and foliage around the skillfully crafted balustrade at the bottom. Each corner pillar of the balustrade is decorated with finely carved lotus head finials.
The trays are crafted with indented corners and the lid is tiered with indented corners. Both, the carrying rack and the trays are decorated and reinforced with prominent iron mounts. Each corner and joint has mounts attached with boss head nails. Twisted wrought iron rods add additional strength to the sides of the rack.
For transport, a long pole would have been inserted through the swiveling wrought iron ring at the top so two servant could carry it.

Most of the original lacquer inside and outside is still present except for the balustrade at the bottom, where only traces remain.

Great collectors item in excellent condition.

For similar pieces see:

Evarts, Curtis: C.L. Ma Collection: Traditional Chinese Furniture from the Greater Shanxi Region, p. 252 nos. 131 and 132, Hong Kong, C.L. Ma Furniture, 1999.
Lo, Kai-Yin: Classical and Vernacular Chinese Furniture in the Living Environment, Examples from the Kai-Yin Lo Collection, p. 164, Hong Kong, Yungmingtang, 1998.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood, metal

Set of Three Elegant Chinese 18th Century Spindle Back Chairs; DH-0131

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: These three elegant 18th century Shanxi spindle-back rose chairs are made from nicely grained elm wood with a soft honey hue.

The chairs are constructed with a humpback top rail, which is supported by round posts that continue into the back legs. It houses eight curved round section spindles. Each stepped armrest houses five spindles and is supported by round posts that continue into the front legs. Below the rectangular seat frame with its soft cane woven seat is a simple apron with single moulding. At the base, the front legs are connected with a footrail whilst side and back are connected with straight stretchers.

Stunning pieces for an eclectic setting!

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Formerly in the collection of Ma Weidu.

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: elm wood, soft cane

Antique Chinese Walnut Wood Low Square Sofa Table; DH-0135

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: This low recessed round leg walnut table from Shanxi province is reminiscent of bamboo furniture.

Bamboo possesses a versatility found in few other materials and is considered a symbol of Virtue. However, since bamboo furniture is not very durable, the structure of bamboo was sometimes reproduced in more permanent materials.

The edge of the top frame and the stretchers are carved to mimic the stacked construction of real bamboo furniture though in a more simplified way. The ends of the stretchers are “wrapped” around the round legs.

Simple and elegant piece made from walnut wood with lovely hues.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Pair of Simple and Elegant 18th Century Chinese Walnut Wood Low Cabinets; DH-0139

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: A simple and sturdy construction with the best Northern Chinese walnut wood characterizes this pair of Shanxi province low cabinets.

The reduced design allows focusing on the honey colored walnut wood and the simple metal hardware. The wood has a nice patina with traces of the original reddish-brown lacquer. Inside is a simple shelf and a board at the front, which gives access to the secret compartment below.

Charming pair of low cabinets with reduced design and high-end materials.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: walnut wood

Beautifully Carved Chinese 16th-17th Century Ming Dynasty Chest of Drawers; DH-0138

Country: China

Period: 16th-17th Century

Description: This beautifully carved Ming dynasty chest of drawers displays the typical characteristics of early vernacular furniture.

This piece is constructed from elmwood in a table-like form with three drawers. The front retains much of the original brown lacquer typical for this area whilst the top shows few traces of lacquer. The lacquer coating on the back is extremely well preserved. The legs meet the top around 20 cm from the edge and are moulded with concave surfaces and distinctive beading. Spandrels and aprons are carved with fierce mythological creatures. The drawers are carved in raised relief and decorated with boss head nails. The main drawer shows two impressive Fo-lions with a giant ball, their fierce facial expression typical of the Ming dynasty. Each of the two bottom drawers is carved with a family of deer.

A piece full of character and history, beautiful patina adding the extra spice. A true collector’s piece!

For similar pieces see:
Evarts, Curtis: C.L. Ma Collection: Traditional Chinese Furniture from the Greater Shanxi Region, p. 206 nos. 102 and 103, Hong Kong, C.L. Ma Furniture, 1999.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elm wood

Antique Traditional Chinese Medicine Cabinet; DH-0140

Country: China

Period: 19th Century

Description: A Chinese doctor used this traditional medicine cabinet from Shanxi province to store ingredients for his remedies.

This cabinet houses 38 drawers, 35 smaller ones with four compartments each and three bigger ones at the bottom. The front has original paper labels, some of which are still legible, listing the contents of each drawer. Made from Chinese elmwood, this cabinet retains much of its original lacquer and paper labels, giving this piece a lovely patina.

A lovely feature piece, this medicine cabinet will attract lots of attention.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details).

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: elmwood

Antique Chinese Rosewood Blackwood Mirror Jewellery Box with Mirror; DH-0141

Country: China

Period: 1900

Description: This charming Southern Chinese jewellery box is made from the finest rosewood.

Elegantly proportioned, this box is decorated with brass fittings, some in the shape of butterflies, and brass handles on the side. Three drawers can be used to store jewellery or other valuables and the top reveals a mirror when opened. This piece is characterised by excellent craftsmanship and use of exquisite materials. Even the hidden parts of the drawers were crafted from the best rosewood.

A very special piece with excellent details.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

Condition: GOOD

Materials /Techniques: Blackwood

Fine Chinese Walnut Wood Kang Table with Folding Legs; DH-0149

Country: China

Period: 18th Century

Description: This high-waisted corner-leg kang table from Shanxi province is a fine example of a once popular type of furniture.

 Versatile furniture was omnipresent in Shanxi province, especially pieces that could be used in different situations or settings. The carpenters of Shanxi used their skills to craft excellent pieces but due to the fragility of the moving parts, few pieces survived to this date. 

This rectangular table has a high waist, decorated with oblong openings. The curvilinear apron is decorated with beading along the edge and well carved foliage in the centre. Elegant cabriole legs have ruyi shaped ends and rest on finely carved balls.

If desired, the legs fold underneath, where they are kept in place by a docking frame. All moving parts are constructed from wood and still fully functional.

A testimony to the skills of Shanxi’s master craftsmen, this piece intrigues collectors and design fans alike.

Provenance: From the property of a German doctor (see our website for more details)

 

Condition: EXCELLENT

Materials /Techniques: Walnut wood

Charming 18th Century Chinese Walnut Wood Low Kang Table; DH-0136
Rare Small 18th Century Chinese Black Lacquer Cabinet with Gilt Paint; DH-0142
Rare Qing Dynasty Chinese Walnut Low Scroll Kang Table; DH-0106
Antique Chinese Elmwood Altar Table, Qing Dynasty; InvNr.: DH-0159
Elegant Pair of Antique Chinese Red Lacquer Food Containers Boxes; DH-0125
Extremely Rare Chinese Table with Stools, Detachable Top and Foldable Base; DH-0124
19th Century Chinese Red Lacquer Leather Trunk with Brass Hardware; DH-0134
Rare Set of Four Ming Dynasty 17th Century Rose-Back Chairs; DH-0115
Impressive 16th /17th Century Chinese Ming Dynasty Table With Puddingstone Top; DH-0102
Pair of Antique Chinese Elmwood Continuous Yoke Back Armchairs Qing Dynasty; InvNr.: DH-0156
Pair of 18th Century Shanxi Red Lacquer Side Cabinets; DH-0119
Chinese 18th Century Qianlong Qing Period Altar Coffer Sideboard; InvNr.: DH-0155
Pair of Early Qing Dynasty Black Lacquer Containers with Polychrome Painting; DH-0116
Extremely Rare Pair of Chinese 18th Century Walnut Wood Wine Tables Qianlong Period; InvNr.: DH-0113
Small Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Elm Wood Display Cabinet; InvNr: DH-0154
Charming antique Chinese Elm Wood Kang Cabinet with Carving; DH-0146
 Sophisticated Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Walnut Altar Table Dream Stone Top
Antique Qing Dynasty Walnut Wood Kang Side End Table Qianlong; InvNr.: DH-0133
Elegant 18th Century Minimalist Ming Style Blackwood Low Table; DG-0130
18th Century Chinese Official’s Red Lacquer Travelling Seal Box; DH-0137
Elegant Simple Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Walnut Bench Kang Table; InvNr: DH-0153
Chinese Ming Dynasty Scholar’s Red Lacquer Leather Document Box; DH-0148
Rare and Early Ming Dynasty 16th Century Huanghuali Wine Table; DH-0118
Excellent Pair of 17th Century Ming Dynasty Chinese Horseshoe Roundback Chairs; InvNr. DH-0147
Elegant Chinese Walnut Wood Qing Dynasty Side Table Stand
Exceptional Tall Chinese Standing Screen, 19th Century, Qing Dynasty, Lacquer; DH-0103
Chinese Ming Dynasty Black Lacquer and Basket Weave Oval Box Container; DH-0100
Late Ming / Early Qing Dynasty Chinese Blackwood Walnut Ice Box; DH-0101
Pair of Antique Chinese Wedding Baskets; DH-0107
18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Elm Occasional Wine Table with Great Patina; DH-0104
Pair of Elegant Antique Chinese Side Chairs from Suzhou; DH-0105
19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty, Elm Square Low Table; DH-0110
Pair Of Antique Chinese Architectural Woodcarving Panels Lotus And Peony; DH-0108
Elegant Chinese 18th Century Elmwood Coffer Sideboard With Drawers; DH-0111
Pair of 18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Table Lanterns
Simple and Elegant 19th Century Ming Style Walnutwood Coffee Scroll Kang Table; DH-0117
Charming 19th Century Southern Elmwood Bench with Dragon Carvings; DH-0120
Vernacular 19th Century Chinese Console Altar Table; DH-0121
Elegant Antique Chinese Footrest Low Table with Soft Cane Top; DH-0123
Antique Chinese Walnut Wood Flower Stand Tall Side Table; DH-0127
Elaborate Multi-Tiered Antique Wedding Food Box; DH-0129
Set of Three Elegant Chinese 18th Century Spindle Back Chairs; DH-0131
Antique Chinese Walnut Wood Low Square Sofa Table; DH-0135
Pair of Simple and Elegant 18th Century Chinese Walnut Wood Low Cabinets; DH-0139
Beautifully Carved Chinese 16th-17th Century Ming Dynasty Chest of Drawers; DH-0138
Antique Traditional Chinese Medicine Cabinet; DH-0140
Antique Chinese Rosewood Blackwood Mirror Jewellery Box with Mirror; DH-0141
Fine Chinese Walnut Wood Kang Table with Folding Legs; DH-0149