This elaborate Chinese bronze artifact is truly extraordinary. It is referred to as a Temple Standard and is all bronze. The fan-shaped design is ornately chased with wonderful figures and symbols from one of the oldest cultures in the world. The center features a scroll with Chinese characters we believe to be referencing a Temple. It is flanked by a pair of confronting four-clawed dragons amidst the clouds. All of this sits above a single upturned Chinese Koi fish in water. The fan-shaped form is framed with a raised edge border filled with scrolling foliage. The lower edge held in the mouth of a fierce dragon head, emerging from a faceted baluster-shaped shaft. The shaft has some losses around the edge as shown in the photos.
This heavy Chinese bronze artifact has been securely mounted and framed for display. It is mounted on a red raw silk patterned fabric and framed with a stunning real gold leaf frame molding with rolled edge. The result is a gorgeous presentation of this unique antique Chinese artifact. This work is suitable for the most discerning buyer, looking for that rare an uncommon piece for their residence.
PERIOD: Guangxu period, 1875-1908
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: China
HEIGHT: 35.5 in. (90 cm)
WIDTH: 28 in. (71 cm)
DEPTH: 4 in. (10 cm)
CONDITION: Extremely nice antique condition with very minor wear and losses commensurate with age and use. See description above and photos for more details.