MASTERPIECES OF CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE AT BONHAMS FINE CHINESE ART SALE
From the celebrated collection of Marchese Taliani de Marchio

MASTERPIECES OF CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE AT BONHAMS FINE CHINESE ART SALE
From the celebrated collection of Marchese Taliani de Marchio

MASTERPIECES OF CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE AT BONHAMS FINE CHINESE ART SALE
From the celebrated collection of Marchese Taliani de Marchio

MASTERPIECES OF CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE AT BONHAMS FINE CHINESE ART SALE
From the celebrated collection of Marchese Taliani de Marchio

MASTERPIECES OF CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE AT BONHAMS FINE CHINESE ART SALE
From the celebrated collection of Marchese Taliani de Marchio

MASTERPIECES OF CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE AT BONHAMS FINE CHINESE ART SALE
From the celebrated collection of Marchese Taliani de Marchio

An important and exceedingly rare pair of large huanghuali tapering cabinets, yuanjiaogui, Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th century from the celebrated collection of the distinguished Italian diplomat, Marchese Taliani de Marchio is the top lot at Bonhams Fine Chinese Art sale at its New Bond Street saleroom on 9 November 2017. The cabinets are estimated at £200,000-300,000.

From 1938 to 1946, Marchese Taliani de Marchio served as Ambassador to the National Chiang Kai-shek Government in Nanjing, and was a witness of the Second Sino-Japanese War, during which the Japanese forces captured the capital and attacked Shanghai. Despite spending only eight years in China, Taliani was an erudite and gifted connoisseur who assembled a collection of exceeding rare and important pieces that conveys the rich history of Chinese decorative arts.

The highlights of the collection are a number of important Chinese classical furniture dating to the 16th/17th century, and made from the prized huanghuali wood. A number of pieces in the collection are included in Chinese Domestic Furniture, the pioneering book by Dr Gustav Ecke. Ecke also mentioned the collection in his academic essays that were published in 1944, and which have served ever since as one of the most important reference works in this category.

Other highlights from the collection include:

An important and exceptionally rare set of four huanghuali folding chairs, Jiaoyi, 16th/17th century, estimated at £150,000-200,000. The remarkable chairs are unique individually and more so as a set and no other example appears to have been published. One of the set was published by Ecke in 1944.

A magnificent and exceptionally rare huanghuali three-drawer coffer, liansanchu, Late Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th century, estimated at £80,000-120,000, demonstrates the superb craftsmanship achieved during the late Ming period.

A very rare Huanghuali square 'Immortals' table, Baxian zhuo, Late Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th century, estimated at £20,000-30,000. Published by Ecke in 1944.

Bonhams International Head of Chinese Art, Asaph Hyman, commented: "It is very rare that important pieces with such exceptional documented provenance come to market. Rightly celebrated, a number of these masterpieces were also published by the greatest scholar of Chinese furniture at the time, Dr Gustav Ecke in 1944. It is a great privilege to offer this important collection and a pleasure to behold these pieces once again. This is a unique opportunity for collectors and museums alike to acquire what are unquestionably masterpieces of classical Chinese furniture."

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