A black lacquered wood six-legged incense stand, xiangji

南宋至元早期   黑漆高束腰六足圓香几

The stand has a circular top supported on a short waisted section. The six elegant cabriole legs rest on a low circular platform, each having a simple turned-up foot extending to a tall recurved section, below a beaded bracket-lobed apron formed from the upper part of each leg and the bracket-shaped section between the tops of each pair of legs. The stand is lacquered in glossy black overall, with some woven material base showing on the underside.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 1st and 2nd November 1994, lot 254

Incense stands of the early date and refinement of the present example were probably made for Buddhist use. For a detail of a painting of a stand of comparable proportions, draped with a brocade cloth, from a handscroll by Wang Zhenpeng (c.1280-1329), now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, see Sarah Handler, Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture, p. 296, Fig. 17.1.

Compare a six-legged red lacquered wood hexagonal incense table of similar size in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, illustrated in Oriental Lacquer Art, no. 234, p. 306-307, where it is attributed to the Northern Song dynasty.

Dimensions: Height: 39 cm, 15 ⅜ inches

Date: Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) or early Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Stock No. 2207

Price: On Request