17th Century Chinese travelling bookcase


Christie's is auctioning off this 17th century Chinese travelling bookcase -- frustratingly, they don't have any photos of the interior, but even the measly 512px-wide image supplied of the exterior has set my mouth a-water. Seriously: the love-child of a steamer trunk and a bookcase? Drool, drool, dribble, dribble.

Of nearly square form, fitting into a slightly larger shaped and carved base and conforming upright frame with a rounded toprail with ox-nose bail handle to enable transportation, and with a pair of foliate-form spandrels where each upright arm meets the base, with two framed rectangular doors opening to the interior fitted with single shelf and a row of two drawers at the bottom, the front rectangular lockplate with square openings to receive the metal members attached to the interior shelf

A Rare Huanghuali Travelling Bookcase, Tushu Shinggui

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