SALE: $2,000 (PAIR)
We are very proud to offer a very unusual pair of Chinese Wall Plaques. Each plaque shows peaceful scenes of village life with people, houses, buildings, temples, rivers, boats, birds, bats, & sky. They have marquetry inlays of hardwood & ivory. When you think of Marquetry what comes to mind is French or Hindu-Indo inlays. Chinese inlay work is much more rare. We have not seen any other Chinese Marquetry wall plaques in over 41 years of collecting antiques. If Chinese Marquetry is found, it is often on fabulous furniture or boxes. This pair of Chinese Wall Plaques was purchased in March 1937 in China. There are export tags on each plaque that says they were 110 years old in 1937. That dates them to 1827. The export tag says they are from Ching Dynasty, Tao Kuang (1821-1850). That means they are at least 184 years old (2011-1827=184). They have spent most of their time, in this family, about 41 years, packed up in a closet. At least this kept them out of sun-light & free from damage. They are 18 inches x 15 inches.. They are probably huanghuali or some other kind of rare rose-wood. They are in original & excellent condition. One plaque has a spot where it seems that a small knot in wood has come out. It is on inner left side in middle on the frame part. You can see a DARK spot. Marquetry is a great & intricate & tedious art form for ANYONE who makes it. It is a very expensive art form involving many steps. First, there must be importation of rare & exotic hardwoods. Then, slowly, the trenching out of tiny spaces for inlay must be done. Then, the carving of pieces to inlay must be accomplished. Then, the tiny pieces must be set in place, one tiny piece at a time. Then, it must be made “smooth”. These plaques were made this way nearly 200 years ago! The frame part shows they were made with pegs . They are truly amazing & VERY old! The wood is very "shiny" especially on border frames. Our original price was $15,000.xx which is what we think they are worth. These are antique estate ivory, however we cannot ship them outside the USA. We are no longer able to sell Ivory to anyone in California or New York.The state of Calif. passed a law in April 2012 banning the sale of ALL Ivory in Calif., even the antique Ivory. In the near future, I think this law will be over the entire USA.. & the World. If you want to buy Ivory You should do so while it is still "legal". Shipping will be via UPS & cost about $125.xx, as wood is heavy, & insurance will be about $78.xx alone.