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Lot 66: Huanghuali and Hardwood Dresser with 2 Drawers, 20th C.
22 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Presumably huanghuali and hardwood
China, 20th century
Square commode on four square legs
Two drawers with brass handles
Curved apron at the lower edge
Fine grain of the wood
Dimensions: 93 x 65 x 65 cm
The dresser is in good condition with usual slight signs of age and wear. Minimal nicks on the legs and on the front as well as little use on the surface can be seen. The dimensions are 93 x 65 x 65 cm.
Huanghuali (Dalbergia odorifera) is a rare type of rosewood that was used in China for traditional medicine and to make precious furniture. Originally known as huali or hualu, the specification ‘huang’ (yellowish-brown) was added in the 20th century to differentiate between aged Huanghuali with a yellowish brown patina and newer, so-called xinhuali. Huanghuali literally means ‘yellowish blooming pear wood’. Very good Huanghuali wood has a shimmering, near translucent surface with a beautiful, abstract grain. The color varies from reddish brown to golden yellow. Huanghuali probably originally came from the island Hainan, but similar kinds also grow in northern Vietnam, Guangxi and Indochina.
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