Chinese Antiquities Brian Page Antiques

Chinese Carved, Painted & Gilded Bamboo Figure 17/18thc

browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1800: Item # 672340

Please refer to our stock # b1192 when inquiring.
Brian Page Antiques
View Seller Profile
Brighton, Sussex,
United Kingdom
Tel: 01273 622152

Guest Book
 * SOLD * 
A Chinese Carved, Painted & Gilded Bamboo Figure. 17/18th. Century. This is one of a very interesting series of similar figures we have listed. They are carved from the root of the bamboo, the only solid part that can be carved. The root would be inverted and the integral stand on the figures would be the top of the root from which root growths would radiate outwards. It is unusual to see Chinese bamboo carvings painted and gilded. They would have been quite a de-luxe production as the gilding is done with gold leaf. We have been unable to identify the individual figures but they are probably court officials and servants. This figure and one other are holding audience tablets, a bamboo spatula-like paddle with which the holder would cover his mouth when standing before the Emperor and on which was engraved the owners name. The separate stand is a later European addition. The figure is in good condition but the audience tablet is damaged, there is old wear on all the figures.