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A Magnificent and Extremely Rare 'Nine Dragon' Black-Ground and Gilt Lacquer Wine Table, Wanli M & P
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THE EMPEROR WANLI’S TABLE A MAGNIFICENT AND EXTREMELY RARE ‘NINE DRAGON’ BLACK-GROUND AND GILT LACQUER WINE TABLE\nMARK AND PERIOD OF WANLI, The table top superbly and meticulously pencilled in gilt and rendered in varying shades of red, yellow and orange with a central lobed cartouche within a rectangular panel enclosing to the centre a magnificent five-clawed dragon, impressively rendered to portray a ferocious expression with gaping jaws revealing sharp fangs, bulbous eyes and flaring nostrils, its scaly body leaping above turbulent crashing waves in pursuit of a flaming pearl, flanked by a pair of dragons amid swirling clouds and flames, the border decorated with four lobed cartouches enclosing six further dragons striding through clouds and flames chasing flaming pearls, either as a confronting pair in mutual pursuit or as a single dragon, with a floral medallion to the corners of the table, all reserved on a cash-diaper ground, the sides similarly decorated with eight dragons chasing flaming pearls, the rectangular top resting on a scrolling apron decorated with a further twenty dragons, supported by elegant slightly recessed ‘sword-style’ legs joined by twin stretchers on the sides, terminating in gilt-metal capped hoof feet, with another eight dragons to the stretchers, the backside of the apron and stretchers decorated with swirls of stylised clouds, inscribed in gilt with the six-character mark to the underside on the raised centre section \nHeight 82cm., 32 ¼ in.\nLength 113.5cm., 44 11/16 in.\nDepth 82cm., 32 ¼ in.
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dimensions

Height 82cm., 32 ¼ in. Length 113.5cm., 44 11/16 in. Depth 82cm., 32 ¼ in.

provenance

From an Old European Collection.




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