Antique Chinese Architectural Beam Flower Sculpture
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A wonderful Antique Architectural Beam Flower Sculpture in solid fir dating to 1900 from the Jiangxi Province of China. This Antique Chinese Architectural Sculpture is called a Beam Flower, as it would have sat at the top or bottom of wooden posts that would have been structural support elements inside the home, or on the roof. Antique Chinese Architectural Sculptures such as this one would have symbolized good luck, wealth, and prosperity for the owners of the home.
The intricate carvings on this Antique Chinese Architectural Sculpture make it truly a piece of Chinese Country Folk Art. This charming Antique Chinese Architectural Sculpture, or Beam Flower, could be mounted on a wall or simply sat on the floor or on a table as part of an Asian design.
In Chinese culture, flowers symbolize growth, fulfillment, and prosperous new beginnings in life. In Feng Shui, flowers are also seen as symbols of success, flourishing, and good luck. And also, like in Western culture, flowers can symbolize love and unity. ,
In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus flower represents purity and perfection, as the lotus plant grows in mud and muck, yet the beautiful bloom arises untainted. The lotus sometimes represents the Buddha himself, and can also symbolize love and harmony between a married couple. The lotus also represents the summer, as it blooms during this hot season. ,
The repetitive, scrolling cloud motif is probably the most common carved decorative accent in Antique Chinese Furniture. This pretty carved flourish, often found on aprons and spandrels, is meant to convey good fortune.
Overall Condition is Restored. Shows normal wear to the finish and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use. Minor damage has been professionally restored and the piece has been clear coat refinished.
Overall measurements (inches)
23H x 44W x 4D .
Late Qing Dynasty.
Dates to circa
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- Country of Origin
- Jiangxi Province, China
- Width: 44 inches
- Height: 23 inches
- Depth: 4 inches
- Weight: 42.1 pounds
- Restored. See description for more details.
- Late Qing Dynasty
- Chinese Fir