Antique Chinese bench from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), made from precious huanghuali wood, with beautifully carved panels depicting various fruits and flowers, carvings in front of two perched magpies surrounded by branches and blossoming flowers, and carved feet with spiral design. From the estate of Mrs. Florence Earle Wickman, relative to some of the original founders of Hennepin County and St. Louis Park, who purchased the bench from Bardoff Gallery. Mrs. Wickman received it in parts and assembled it herself. It was passed onto her children, who took it in for appraisal by the esteemed and certified Mei Wu (www.meiantiques.com) on 12/08/2007. The official certificate of appraisal is shown in the photo enlargements.
Size: 33.5" height, 75" length, 23.5" width