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Late Qing display table
It is a display table that as you can see dates from the late Qing period 19th/20th century and is profusely carved and decorated with repeated dragons and other auspicious symbols including 'shou', 'chi' and 'xi' together with imagery of deer and bats for good wishes.
It measures about 115 cm long, 61 cm wide and 71 cm high. As a display table designed probably for the centre of a room it has four draws and is all original.
With top notch provenance from one of Australia leading collections that went under the hammer late last year.
'Collection of James Fairfax AC' Leonard Joel's auction house 2017.
This one was one of the last in the auction and was missed by most buyers. Tried to put this in the original post but......
Thanks for that opinion and your swift reply. Very much appreciated.
I had a chinese person who brought along a so-called wood/furniture expert to inspect same two days ago.
He claimed it was treated pine and no older than 20 years. I said WTF are you talking about. If it was made of pine it wood have evidence of glue and nails. I informed them that it was a hardwood and probably made of hongmu, which is the same/similar to rosewood and more so it was made using joinery and doweling and that it dated to late Qing.
I showed them that it has provence and was from a very wealthy family in Australia and hence was part of the ex-Bonython family collection and was sold to the Connor gallery and then sold on to fairfax in 1991.
I informed the so-called expert that his opinion on age was angle for the buyer to try and buy it at a lower price etc.
The buyer tried to purchase it for half of what I paid for it.
In the end she did not buy and I ushered them out citing that was the price and if you don't like it don't buy it. Very simple with the added note. Go and buy one if you can find another like it in original condition.
Thanks I know it is NOT pine. It is a hardwood.
The buyer trying to buy it from me for less than what I paid for it.
She got upset over me not accepting her stupid offer. Telling me that non-asian people know nothing about chinese art etc.
Just to get her goat up I told her don't buy if you can't afford it.
I too think hongmu is a good candidate.
Pine?! Ridiculous! Whilst pine is comparatively easily to work with, fine detail etc would be absolutely horrendous to achieve. Eyes etc just drop out of dying pine, leaving the craftsman trying to glue bits back on all over! White pine is somewhat better, but no, not in this instance.
An astonishingly beautiful piece. Well done for sending the shysters on their way - the world is full of trickery!
Buying antique Chinese furniture is not without its own perils.
A large number of items currently on the market have been shoped.
By that I mean have been altered, cut and formed using old carvings.
A lot of tables from Ming/Qing period are actually very long tables unsuited for today's living. So dealers table a very long table and make it into two or three said tables using old and modern wood.
The display table I posted comes from a very well known estate with provenance going back to the 1920's.
It was featured in a antique gazette with a sale price of over 200k. It was a typo error or other.
I bought from the Fairfax estate via Leonard Joel auction in 2017.
I paid $2000 aud plus buyers commission and freight from Sydney to Melbourne.
I have seen similar go under the hammer for in excess of US20k against estimate of 2-3k. Especially if said has well carved dragons.
The late J.O. Fairfax was a well known collector of Asian collectables.
My regret is that I did not buy more. I bought about ten lots during and post auction.
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