PAIR OF HUANGHUALI LAMPSTANDS, DENGTAI, 19TH CENTURY
Each with inverted U-shaped frames, two
uprights flanked by double-ruyi shaped
spandrels rising from solid humped feet,
the frame joined by two stretchers at the
top with opening for the adjustable lamp
pole, height 52.6” — 133.6 cm.
It is difficult to find complete sets of huanghuali adjustable lamp stands, let
alone a pair. For a discussion on their construction and function, see Sarah
“Carriers of Light: The Chinese Lampstand and Lantern,
” Journal of
the Classical Chinese Furniture Society, Summer 1994, pp. 19-34, and her
corresponding chapter in Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture,
Berkeley, 2001, ch. 18, pp. 303-318.
A similar set was sold at Christie’s New York, The Collection of Messrs.
Robert and William Drummond, September 20, 2002, lot 18. Also see
Christie’s New York, 2015 The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part
II, March 18, lot 104.