Antique Chinese Red Lacquer and Gilt Ancestral Wall Shelf, Bookcase With Foo Lions & Dragons, Qing

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A rare antique Chinese late Qing Dynasty wall shelf or bookcase that rests on a pair of opposing Foo Lions or Fu Dogs. A very unique piece.
Original gilt decoration throughout, on the top, sides and back. Deep red with gold embellishments throughout - a dragon theme. The piece is topped by a pair of wonderful carved dragons that flank the symbol for long life in the centre. The back panel is decorated with butterflies/moths, flowers and leaves. The shelf itself rests on a pair of rather regal pair of foo lions/dogs looking upwards towards the long life symbol. The dragons and foo dogs are skilfully hand carved as are the 2 three dimensional dragons heads on either of the side panels. The top of each side panel is adorned with a mythological creature that dips partially under the top on which it rests.
Consists of 3 shelves, the space between them is 6".
The attention to detail in the carving is superb. This would have been found in a traditional Chinese home used as a type of ancestral altar.
This wall shelf, book case or sculptural piece of carved wood art has many uses around the home - it can be hung or placed on a console/table - either. It is practical as well as an eye catching piece that is bound to cause comment.

Wear consistent with age and use.  Upper long life symbol as been repaired from behind - we have decided to leave this as it is for fear of damaging the piece.  Foo lion on lower right side where it joins the cabinet side has been previously professionally repaired.  Age appropriate wood shrinkage cracks and paint loss that is completely normal for a piece of this age.

Estimate: Late 19th./Early 20th Century. W34", H31", D10.75".



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