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19th C. Chinese Qing Gilt Wood Panel of Imperial Scene
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East Asia, China, Qing dynasty, ca. late 19th century CE. A magnificent hand-carved wood panel of rectangular form depicting a densely decorated scene of an imperial procession in high relief embellished with crimson and black pigments, as well as a lustrous gilding. A long-bearded emperor and heavily bejeweled empress sit at a table at the center of the intricate narrative, beneath a huge pagoda roof that extends to include a series of female attendees who surround them and above two petite servants who are holding up vases. Both adorned in tiaras, the sweet couple turns towards one another, suggesting that this may be a sort of celebratory procession for a wedding or anniversary, as two of crowned women stand on either side of the pair. The female attendees stand in two rows, all wearing floor-length robes and pigtail-like coiffures as they bow towards the royal couple, further emphasizing the pair's central position. A door stands at the end of the attendees on both sides, beneath where the pagoda roof ends. Several shorter figures, perhaps servants, crowd around both of the doors, hurrying forward to participate in the procession. Gilding quality: 14.5 to 18% gold; Size: 47.75" W x 8.375" H (121.3 cm x 21.3 cm)

Outside the palace roof, more guests make their way to the celebration with each side featuring a seated figure in a cart being pushed by a bearded man wearing a hat amidst another group of bowing women. Both ends of the elaborate procession display a king's guard on a horse, dressed in armor with swirling sleeves as he holds long implements or weapons. An ornately carved background of houses, trees, and store fronts decorates the area outside of the pagoda roof, and an annular drill hole is featured at the bottom of the piece.

Provenance: private New Jersey, USA collection; ex-John Rosselli Antiques and Decorations, New York, New York, USA, before 2008

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#162491
Condition
Two metal loops on back for suspension. Chip to upper left corner. Top half of two figures on right side missing. Expected surface wear with a few nicks/chips, softening of detail, and abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, excellent with impressive remains of gilding.
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19th C. Chinese Qing Gilt Wood Panel of Imperial Scene

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Mar 11, 2021
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0019A: 19th C. Chinese Qing Gilt Wood Panel of Imperial Scene

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Est. $900 - $1,400Starting Price $500
Art of Asia | Antiquity to Present
Mar 11, 2021 12:00 PM EST
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East Asia, China, Qing dynasty, ca. late 19th century CE. A magnificent hand-carved wood panel of rectangular form depicting a densely decorated scene of an imperial procession in high relief embellished with crimson and black pigments, as well as a lustrous gilding. A long-bearded emperor and heavily bejeweled empress sit at a table at the center of the intricate narrative, beneath a huge pagoda roof that extends to include a series of female attendees who surround them and above two petite servants who are holding up vases. Both adorned in tiaras, the sweet couple turns towards one another, suggesting that this may be a sort of celebratory procession for a wedding or anniversary, as two of crowned women stand on either side of the pair. The female attendees stand in two rows, all wearing floor-length robes and pigtail-like coiffures as they bow towards the royal couple, further emphasizing the pair's central position. A door stands at the end of the attendees on both sides, beneath where the pagoda roof ends. Several shorter figures, perhaps servants, crowd around both of the doors, hurrying forward to participate in the procession. Gilding quality: 14.5 to 18% gold; Size: 47.75" W x 8.375" H (121.3 cm x 21.3 cm)

Outside the palace roof, more guests make their way to the celebration with each side featuring a seated figure in a cart being pushed by a bearded man wearing a hat amidst another group of bowing women. Both ends of the elaborate procession display a king's guard on a horse, dressed in armor with swirling sleeves as he holds long implements or weapons. An ornately carved background of houses, trees, and store fronts decorates the area outside of the pagoda roof, and an annular drill hole is featured at the bottom of the piece.

Provenance: private New Jersey, USA collection; ex-John Rosselli Antiques and Decorations, New York, New York, USA, before 2008

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.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#162491
Condition
...
Two metal loops on back for suspension. Chip to upper left corner. Top half of two figures on right side missing. Expected surface wear with a few nicks/chips, softening of detail, and abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, excellent with impressive remains of gilding.

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