A Huanghuali Round Incense Stand Xiangji Late Ming-Qing Dynasty 17-18th century


20 1/2 inches Diameter x 13 inches Height

Development of customary wooden Chinese Furniture is based fundamentally of strong wood pieces associated exclusively utilizing carpentry joints, and once in a while utilizing paste or metallic nails.
The reason was that nails and paste did not stand up well to the tremendously fluctuating temperatures and damp climate conditions. ( see photo where joineries are placed: utilizing a kind of wedged mortise and tenon joints, where the end grain of the leg is connected to have an unmissable part of the circular edge of the tabletop) See the photo where dowels were used to connect the base usingslip and groove to connect the circle.)
Made of Huanghuali (meaning Yellow flowering Pear) and classified as a “Rosewood” a dense hardwood with a sweet fragrance and color ranging from honey to purple brown. (See grain pattern on photo) it has a distinctive wave like grain that mirrors mountainous landscape.
Possibly the most sought after wood, particularly among Chinese buyers, Huanghuali is considered highest quality and superior hardwoods. Furniture and scholar items made from this wood command some of the highest prices in the Antique market due to its arguably extinct status.
Provenance: brought from Phillipines by a prominent businesswoman inherited by great grandmother


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