This elaborate Chinese bronze fan artifact is truly extraordinary. It is referred to as a Temple Standard and is made of cast and hand worked 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 three Chinese characters we believe to be referencing a Temple. Above the banner is a pair of large four-clawed dragons amidst the clouds. The dragons are facing a flaming pearl, which represents wisdom, harmony and prosperity. 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 is held in the mouth of a fierce dragon head, emerging from a faceted baluster-shaped shaft. The shaft at the base of the Dragon has some losses around the edge. See photos for more info.
This heavy Chinese bronze fan 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 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. The different patina at the center top of the fan may indicate a missing piece. At the base of Dragon there is some losses around the edge as shown in the photos.