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19th C. Chinese Qing Painted Wood Dragon Lintels (pr)
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East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. This is a fine pair of hand-carved wood architectural panels or lintels of dragons that may have once been part of a temple or other special building. They are both carved in high relief with openwork areas that create the dynamic forms: bulging eyes, a gaping mouth with a protruding tongue, flowing mane projecting from atop the head, and a curving sinuous body lined with dozens of painted scales. The turning head and curving presentation of the hair and whiskers creates the sense of motion and flying which adds to the wondrous appearance to the creatures. Both are painted with red, blue, white, and yellow with exceptional details such as stripes and flowers added to the scales. Dragons are symbolic of strength, benevolence, change, and the power of the emperor, and displaying such effigies was meant as a sign of physical and spiritual protection. Size of longer panel: 27" L x 4" W x 10" H (68.6 cm x 10.2 cm x 25.4 cm); other: 25" L x 5" W x 11" H (63.5 cm x 12.7 cm x 27.9 cm)

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-M. Kobiashi collection, Hawaii, USA, 1960 to 2000

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Old inactive insect bore holes and cavities on the verso of the larger panel. Losses to wood layers and old repairs with wood pieces to these areas on verso. The front dragon is well preserved. Chips to a few areas and surface abrasions and stable pressure fissures. Other panel has signs of old inactive insect activity and stable pressure fissures and chips. Russet patina on the 2 protruding nails. Fading of pigments on both, but overall forms are well preserved and have nice weathering and aging.
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19th C. Chinese Qing Painted Wood Dragon Lintels (pr)

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Est. $3,000 - $4,500Starting Price $1,500
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Jan 20, 2022 10:00 AM EST
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Description
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East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. This is a fine pair of hand-carved wood architectural panels or lintels of dragons that may have once been part of a temple or other special building. They are both carved in high relief with openwork areas that create the dynamic forms: bulging eyes, a gaping mouth with a protruding tongue, flowing mane projecting from atop the head, and a curving sinuous body lined with dozens of painted scales. The turning head and curving presentation of the hair and whiskers creates the sense of motion and flying which adds to the wondrous appearance to the creatures. Both are painted with red, blue, white, and yellow with exceptional details such as stripes and flowers added to the scales. Dragons are symbolic of strength, benevolence, change, and the power of the emperor, and displaying such effigies was meant as a sign of physical and spiritual protection. Size of longer panel: 27" L x 4" W x 10" H (68.6 cm x 10.2 cm x 25.4 cm); other: 25" L x 5" W x 11" H (63.5 cm x 12.7 cm x 27.9 cm)

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-M. Kobiashi collection, Hawaii, USA, 1960 to 2000

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#168547
Condition
...
Old inactive insect bore holes and cavities on the verso of the larger panel. Losses to wood layers and old repairs with wood pieces to these areas on verso. The front dragon is well preserved. Chips to a few areas and surface abrasions and stable pressure fissures. Other panel has signs of old inactive insect activity and stable pressure fissures and chips. Russet patina on the 2 protruding nails. Fading of pigments on both, but overall forms are well preserved and have nice weathering and aging.

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