Fine Asian Furniture & Art
Circa: Ming-Qing (Qing Era 1644 - 1912 CE)
Region: Shanxi or Anhui
Dimensions: 97”w x 9’1.5”h x 2.5”d
Condition: Very good, red lacquer is gone, have been restored
These grand doors and windows might have stood between palatial rooms. Positioned between columns, rice paper illuminated incoming light and deterred drafts and pests. Top panels contain the double dragon motif. The august door upper panels exhibit either the antique coin or seven jewels motif while the window panels introduce a traditional linear geometric pattern. The high, thick relief carved bead on bottom panels indicates age; few from this period have survived. Skilled artisan craftsmen created this grand partition entirely by hand.
In earlier times, the Chinese viewed doors and windows as a curtain between heaven and earth. By opening the doors and windows, one could gaze up at the sky and down at the ground.
Doors & Windows