Antique Chinese Door Panel Flowers Butterflies Bamboo
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A wonderful and high-quality Antique Chinese Door Panel Screen in fir dating to 1900 from the Zhejiang Province of China. This narrow Antique Chinese Door boasts a beautiful openwork, hand-carved panel featuring a vase of flowers, which symbolizes the fleeting nature of life and refers to the ancient story of the Eight Immortals. This Antique Chinese Door would have conveyed a great deal of symbolic meanings for the owner, as the central flower vase is surrounded by butterflies (love and joy), peacocks (dignity and beauty), and peaches (longevity). In the low-relief carvings of the bottom panel, a crane (symbol of wisdom and longevity, stands amongst the bamboo (representing flexibility, integrity and a long life). This charming Antique Chinese Door could be hung on or leaned against a wall to add visual interest to any room. Several identical panels of this Antique Chinese Door with carved flowers and symbols are available and could be joined together to create a large screen.
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. ,
Cranes are special symbols in Chinese culture as they were believed to live up to 2000 years, so they were considered a symbol of longevity. Two cranes together represent a long marriage, as cranes were thought to mate for life. Cranes can also symbolize wisdom and the special bond between a father and his son. ,
In Chinese symbolism, the butterfly represents love and joy, and also change and positive transformation, as the butterfly changes from a caterpillar into a beautiful winged butterfly. ,
In Chinese symbolism, the peach represents longevity. There is a myth that the Eight Immortals gather in the Kun Lun mountains to eat the fruit of a peach tree, which blooms once every 3,000 years, in order to preserve their immortality. ,
Bamboo is thought to represent longevity in Chinese symbolism. Due to its hardy nature and ability to survive harsh weather, Bamboo is also thought to represent the combination of upright integrity and strength with accommodating flexibility and resilience. This natural balance of strength and grace, is also a symbol of the Yin and the Yang dynamic.
The peacock is a symbol of dignity and beauty in Chinese culture. ,
BASKET OF FLOWERS OR FRUIT
The Eight Immortals, a group of eight transcendent, spiritually advanced beings, are an ancient part of Chinese mythology, and their symbols are found everywhere. The basket of flowers or fruit represents Lan Cai, the Immortal who is associated with longevity. The basket of flowers or fruit reminds the viewer of the transience of life.
Overall Condition is Restored. Shows normal wear, wood separation at the joints, and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use. Some of the carved flowers have been professionally restored. The entire piece has been re-finished by master artisans and the piece retains glimpses of its original orange or red lacquer.
Overall measurements (inches)
99H x 20W x 2D .
Late Qing Dynasty.
Dates to circa
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- Country of Origin
- Zhejiang Province, China
- Width: 20 inches
- Height: 99 inches
- Depth: 2 inches
- Weight: 25 pounds
- Restored. See description for more details.
- Late Qing Dynasty
- Chinese Fir