Imperial Chinese Pan-Pacific Swirling Dragon Cabinet
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Directory: Antiques: Furnishings: Furniture: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1900: item # 1082368
Please refer to our stock # TR-501 when inquiring.
Oklahoma Liquidation Station
Price on Request (Worth several Million Dollars)In Dec.2012 Bonhams S.F. brought 1-2 Million Dollars for Chinese Furniture not as nice as this Cabinet (in my opinion)!
|IMPERIAL CHINESE “Tou Se We” TREASURE: a large exquisite highly carved Chinese cabinet exhibited at the Panama Pacific Exposition, held in 1915 in San Francisco, California, USA. The beautiful wood (huanghuali? or brazilian mahagony?) is magnificently and intricately carved with various battle scenes, both in the front and on both sides. These may depict scenes from the ‘Three Kingdoms and Three Heroes’. It is approximately 7 feet high, 16 inches deep, and 5 feet wide (2 pieces). It is extremely heavy. There are also two sets of carved five-toed dragons at the bottom of each side, but the fifth toes are out of sight (beneath the feet) and can only be located by touch. The other carved dragons interspersed throughout also have five toes on each foot. We have long since been aware of the significance of the five-toed dragon - reserved for only the highest of Royalty. This is the primary reason why we believe that this piece may have originally come from the Peking Palace Museum, as we were told when we purchased it 40 years ago in San Francisco and it was called “A Linen Pier“ also called “Pei Lo“. Importantly, it has several panels of leaded stained glass; one huge panel of a dragon and six panels depicting Chinese scenes, SIGNED “Tou Se We”. The center leaded glass panel is of a dragon and the outer panels are comprised of three each separate painted stained glass panels of a Chinese dignitary preparing for a battle. These six total hand painted stained glass panels show him with his attendants and other dignitaries. The upper left glass panel begins with him apparently preparing for battle and ends in the lower right leaded glass panel with what I believe are his attendants lamenting over his ashes. These may be depictions from the story of the ‘Three Kingdoms and Three Heroes’. We think that the stained glass may have been added later by the Tou Se We orphanage (now the new Tushanwan Museum in Shanghai, China) in preparation for the 1915 Panama Pacific exhibition in San Francisco, California, and that the SIGNED “Tou Se We” glass is extremely rare. Most pieces of Tou Se We glass were in Churches (& Business's)in China. Most of this glass was broken in Revolution. Given its age, our cabinet with leaded glass is in remarkably pristine condition with only a few minor dings to the wood and leaded glass. The Tou Se We stained glass figural panels are still in excellent condition and may be the only ones in existence. The Tushanwan Museum recently brought back to Shanghai an enormous (really huge & beautiful!) arch-way also from Pan Pacific Exposition 1915. It is Magnificent. But this arch-way had a hard life & needed much restoration. You can Google it. We think they (original carvers from Tushanwan) got idea of carving for arch-way from this our cabinet which we believe to be much older & Imperial. That is just our opinion. If you speak Chinese you can discuss this with Tushanwan Museum in Shanghai.. This piece of furniture has to be moved (when sold) during good weather. Our very big house sits upon an artificially built "hill" in OKC. We have the highest hill in OKC & quite the view! A truck cannot come up the winding 1/3 mile drive in Winter. We get stuck at home all the time in Winter. Also, our own furniture must be moved around a lot before cabinet can be re- moved. This cannot be done in Winter with snow & ice all over drive-way & walk-ways. BIG strong movers are required! This will be a big hard job. But we got it in here so it can be done. Serious Inquiries &/or Offers only - Price on Request. Paypal Only! Shipping and packing to be arranged, and paid for, by the buyer. This piece must be sold in USA only.|