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Round Architectural Panel Chinese Cracked Ice Fretwork
A large 42-inch diameter architectural window panel is constructed with the striking Chinese fretwork pattern called “cracked ice” or “broken glass.” The openwork gives this intricately fitted elm wood piece a light and airy look. Centering the fretwork is a pierced carving of a seated woman holding a fan. She is surrounded by a garden of finely carved trees and rocks set against a carved key design background. This circular garden scene is bordered with scrolling and, at the top, two bats, symbol of good fortune in China. A hexagon frame connects the center carving with the surrounding fretwork. The feel of this panel is both ancient and sleek—the fretwork and outside frame have a smooth modern hue of dark honey; the center carving is a deeper brown with an older weathered look, suggesting it may have been rescued from antique furniture or an older panel. Recycling nice old carvings is a fairly common practice in China. The fretwork and outside frame are from the latter half of the 20th century; the center carving may be late 19th or early 20th century. This piece is in excellent condition. Dimensions: diameter 42” (107 cm), depth 1 ½” (4 cm).


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