Antique hand carved Chinese wood panel depicting a royal party and attendants coming ashore (see all nine Photos). The human figures and other details are rendered in deep relief with a height up to about 5/8 inches proud above the background (Photos 3 and 4). The immediate background behind the human figures displays architectural details of an ornate pillars with scroll work supporting a pavilion roof (Photos 5, 6). And just beyond, a green mist appears that is created by using a coating of crushed malachite for pigment (Photos 2, 4, 3, 5) following the much older traditions of Chinese artists. Vermillion red coats all exposed wood areas both within the scene and along the exterior portions framing the carved scene (Photos 1, 3, 6, 7). Only the portions of this panel that wood remain hidden from viewing have no red or gold pigmentation. And on the back of the panel is possibly an exporter’s circular stamp or seal mark (see Photo 9 with black pen pointing to it) and a modern hook for hanging the panel on a wall.
Other details of this scene include a crouching attendant on bended knee wearing a black cap and carrying an unopened parasol awaiting instructions from the royal prince standing in front of him (Photo). A bearded priest or scholar stands nearby and has his hand on the shoulder of a royal princess while he raises a curved cane or staff and may be performing a ritual or blessing (Photo 1, 3). Farther behind the princess is another member of the visiting party who remains on-board the boat used to bring the royal members to this landing. This individual wears a cape and a special hat similar to those used by naval captains a couple of centuries ago. Waves lap against the side of the boat.
Back off to the far left and just over head of the kneeling attendant with the folded parasol are large hanging leaves possibly from some kind of palm tree (Photos 1, 2). The entire scene is rich in Chinese motifs and symbolism and the foregoing description does not do this panel justice. If any viewer knows more about the meaning of this scene and the importance of the five human figures, please do let me know and kindly drop me an email with your information and I’ll add it to this listing - - thanks, Doc.
Chips of crushed mother-of-pearl pieces of shell cover the red exterior areas bordering and framing the central carved riverbank scene . The shell pieces have sustained some differential loss over the centuries as former owners gently cleaned the panel. Originally, this carved panel was set within a piece of furniture (chest, bureau or decorative side table, etc.) or wall partition. It is one of the more detailed and deeply carved wood panels I have had the chance to offer my patrons. Ground copper rich green malachite and chips of pearly shell form striking accents to the symbolically rich scene composed of five human figures of notable importance. This carved panel is in good condition with just a few minor declarations noted farther below (see Size and Condition section below). It dates from the mid to late 1800s, if not even older).
So if you are looking for an antique Chinese carved panel with traditional decorative pigments and accents, then make sure you seriously consider this panel while it is still available. And as always, this panel also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others listed on Docs Antiques when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This antique carved wood panel measures about 11 inches long by about 5 inches wide and has a maximum depth from front to back of about 1 inch (see all Photos). And the panel weighs about 1/2 lb (final shipping weight is estimated between 1.5 and 2 lbs). It is in very good condition with no cracks or splits in the panel and just one minor chip to a carved portion where a short section of a curved band running from the head of the princess to the top inside edge of the upper border is missing. The small missing piece is not readily evident and may be seen in Photo 5 as long as the viewer knows exactly where to look. Beyond this, the panel has minor loss to its gold enameling and some missing pieces of shell (Photos 1 to 7). The shell is estimated to about 85% intact with most of the loss limited to the top outer border on the panel (see Photos 2 and 3), whereas the gold enamel is more than 95% intact (see Photos 1, 2, 4, 5, 6). The panel has no other defects and no major stains, deep scratches, repairs or restoration. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return the panel for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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