Chinese Scholar Box with Carved Garden Scene
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1910: item # 1126165
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|This late Qing scholar’s box has a removable dark red and gold carved front panel that secures four drawers behind it. The intended interpretation of the gilded garden scene carving is a mystery: A man and woman appear to be observing or celebrating an object, possibly a manuscript, tied with a rope into a bundle that is suspended above them from an overhanging flowering branch. It is interesting to speculate that perhaps the scholar just completed some important writing and this is a celebration. The remainder of the piece follows the standard form of Chinese scholar boxes. Two carved dragon heads flank the carrying handle. The piece has evidence of restoration work—the metal hasp on the front is not original, and the drawers may have been refinished but it retains its charm as a receptacle that once held a scholar’s writing materials and signature seals. The wood, which appears to be northern elm, and the construction are very solid. Dimensions: height, including handle: 12 ½” (31.9 cm), width 8 ¾” (22.3 cm), depth 11 ¾” (29.9 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM|