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Chinese Export Large Carved Wood Frame 35 by 23

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1900: Item # 1215196

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This is a large Chinese Export hand carved wood frame. We would date it 1820's to 1850's. Probably a type of sandalwood the out side is 44 1/2 by 33 inches the inner rabbit is 35 3/4 by 23 5/8th inches. The wood is about 3/4th inches thick. The carving on this is incredible. All 4 sides have different scenes carved in them. The top has 8 figures planting crops. the sides each have groups of 5 in a garden below a temple with another figure in it. The bottom has 6 figures 2 water buffalo, bats and birds in it. The carved detail is so good the buffalo have little incised hair on their bodies. In remarkable original finish the frame is as tight as the day it was made due to the inset dovetails on the corners. There are two small chips on either side of the temple roofs and there seems to have been a small carving on the top center of the frame else this is all original. This would make a China trade port painting sing! We have had this in our collection for 20 years hoping to find something great to fit in it but its time to give it a new home.