Today we are honored to present for sale a magnificent antique Chinese carved wood Dragon Yin figural panel! Believed to be late Qing dynasty, this outstanding and magnificent piece is the epitome of high Chinese wood carving artistry and design. The panel beautifully displays the contrast of the beauty of nature (rough textured bark) with the finely carved high skill and artistry of the creator (mankind). This one-of-a-kind piece features a highly intricate, multi-layered three-dimensional carving depiction of a yin and yang dragon.
This large, powerful, and imposing panel features meticulous and seemingly impossibly-precise carving and detailed. The artist not only possessed design and carving skills but also engineering as to accurately assess which areas to carve and how deep to carve to create the three dimensional detailing. The piece features a background of carved wood layers depicting meandering clouds. The piece-de-resistance is the imposing and majestic dragon. He is depicted ascending upwards with his right front paw held up with a floating yin and yang sphere suspended above it. The dragon features highly carved details, with great attention paid to the depiction and different textures of his scales, talons, and spikes. The details are nearly all three dimensional and can be noticed when admiring the piece from any angle. This is a piece that must be seen in person to fully comprehend the amount of work that was put into it.
The panel includes two steel brackets for wall-mounting (appear to be more recently added). The piece may also be adapted with a base to be used on a flat surface. The reverse side has an old marking, presumably from a previous owner.
Panel presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with very minor display wear and patina commensurate with age. The wood has minor age and weather-related natural flaws, with some minute stable fractures and small losses. Due to the age, highly intricate and fragile nature of this piece inevitable flaws and minor repairs are to be expected; most such flaws likely occurred during the carving process and were repaired and re-incorporated into the piece by the artist himself. There are a few small and hard to notice chips to some sharper edges of carvings that do not detract from the awesomeness of this treasure.
Dimensions: 40″ in height, 18″ in width, 5-1/2″ in depth