DESCRIPTION: From a Florida estate comes this colorful and skillfully painted Tibetan (or Northern Himalayan) window frame with two pair of shutters and antique iron hardware. The shutters are deftly painted with lively hunting scenes of tigers, deer and hunters in the field. The frame surrounding the panels is painted in a border of floral sprays. This window frame is several hundred years old with the painted surface, which is in very good condition, probably from the early 20th C. DIMENSIONS: 48” high (122 cm) x 25 ½” wide (63 ½ cm). The two horizontal lintels protrude about 4 additional inches on each side of the frame (10 cm).
NORTHERN HIMALAYAN ARCHITECTURE: Housing styles vary according to regional conditions, but the most common style is the white stone house. Built like military fortifications, they are usually two-story buildings made of stone and wood. Colorful windows, front doors and gates adorned the houses of those who could afford them. Vertical wooden “bars” would be inset into the wood window frames so that the shutters could be opened for breeze and light while still providing security. In one photo of the back of our piece, you can see where these bars have been removed.