Antique Daybed Side Rail in Carved Relief
Jiangsu, circa 1860
This exquisitely carved panel was once part of a Chinese daybed produced in the city of Nanjing, Jiangsu province. Its central section features detailed relief carving of visitors being received at court. When combined with the other side rail and larger back rail, the three-piece set illustrates a traditional narrative from Chinese history.
The expertise and artistry to craft the panels, all by hand, is remarkable. The meticulous attention to detail on the faces of the various figures, the trees and mountains in the background, and the walls, roofing and floor is extremely impressive. The daybed would certainly have taken many months to produce and would have been made for a customer of considerable wealth. Today, this and the other two panels would each add a lovely, unusual ornamental touch to any wall, either as a set or invidvidually.
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