Intricately carved Cantonese card case from the early 19th century that has been carved with scholars in the garden.
A minutely, exactingly carved sandalwood card case with removable lid that was used for calling cards. The lid fits tight. The interior flange and inner card case are all carved from the same piece of wood. The outer case has carving that is mirrored on both sides with scenes of scholars in a garden surrounded by pagodas and trees. Even the sides are intricately carved. The wood has a nice patina after so many years.
There are no marks or labels.
4 1/8” (10.5 cm) long x 2 5/8” (6.7 cm) wide x ½” (1.3 cm) thick. Weighs 1.9 oz (50 g)
There are no breaks, chips, or cracks. The case is entire.
An amazing tour de force of the carver‘s art. It will be a great addition to a collection or out on a table as a conversation piece.