Lot 176

A CHINESE INLAID BLACK LACQUER ‘BOYS’ TABLE CABINET, GUANPIXIANG.

Kangxi.

Elaborately inlaid with an array of hardstones including mother-of-pearl, soapstone and lacquered wood against a lacquered ground, the front decorated with five boys at play and a pair of confronting dragons, set with a foliate lock plate and a ruyi-shaped hasp above the door pulls, the sides embellished with antique vessels, and flanked by angular handles, the top with birds on flowering branches, the interior comprising a tray atop four fitted drawers, the corners with ruyi-shaped metal reinforcements, 26 x 35 x 34cm.

清康熙   黑漆百寶嵌嬰戲圖雙開櫃

For cupboards bearing images of boys at play in a similar technique with inlaid hardstone see Collections of the Palace Museum: Inlaid Furniture, p 259, no. 177.

Estimate: £10,000-£20,000