Berlin-based internet auction sales platform Auctionata (www.auctionata.com) have some interesting items of Chinese furniture on their Treasures of Asian Art sale this coming Monday, January 25..
Two pieces seem to us to be particularly interesting: Lot 61, an 18th or 19th century daybed, and Lot 84 an 18th or 19th century ornamental towel rack and basin.
Day bed to be sold by Auctionata Photo Auctionata
The daybed is the type of furniture known in China as ‘luohanchuang’, or Luohan bed. As is typical for such a piece, it has a revolving, moveable armrest and boasts a large rectangular reclining area. Dimensions are 88.5 (height) x171 x71.5 (depth) cm. The stepped backrest is a feature which lends it great style and the wood is most attractively grained. Apparently, The metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a similar example and the late connoisseur Robert Hatfield Ellsworth illustrated one in Chinese Furniture (New York 1971). Othe sources accompany the catalogue entry.
Lot 84 is a rare towel rack and washbasin stand, probably either 18th or 19th century. It is well carved with floral ornamentation and carving of noble ladies. An adjustable stand is crafted with six wheel-shaped spokes. Dimensions are 153.5 x 63 x 39cm. Again, the online catalogue supplies references for further reading.
A rare Chinese towel rack and washbasin stand Photo Auctionata