Chinese Art Qing Dynasty Mandarin and Wife Statues


Chinese Statues of a Qing Dynasty Mandarin and Wife

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$295.00
This intricately and beautifully carved pair of vintage wooden statues portrays a Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) mandarin and his wife. Each measures 16 1/2 inches tall, making them an impressive display of Chinese art. The surface is finished in red gilt, having been lacquered first in iron red and then gilded. The level of detail is wonderful and we mention just a few of them: a crane carved on the front of the mandarin's robe and a pair of dragons at the hem; his long hair queue down his back (the norm for men of the Qing Dynasty); his wife's gorgeous robe topped with ropes of beads and her elaborate hairdo that ends in a short queue in the back. 

They are both seated on drum-shaped garden stools of the period that have bands of carving top and bottom and simplified representations of Chinese coins around the centers. In the Qing Dynasty, Manchu mandarins were elite scholars and government officials who had to pass rigorous tests to achieve this status, enabling them to wear such finery. Almost 1 1/2 feet tall, the statues measure 7 inches wide at the bases and the same front to back. They actually have small carved feet (literally) as well as a round base that elevates them about 3/8 inch. There are 4 white felt protector pads on the bottom of each. The mandarin weighs 4 pounds 4 ounces and his lady weighs 3 pounds 14 ounces. Both bear the old red and white paper "Made in China" labels, with four Chinese characters and that also state "Fabrique en Chine," which is the same thing in French. The plain red and white label with the number 4641 hand written on it is from a former collection catalog. It is possible that the statues are older than the labels, which may have been applied to comply with export laws. 
4663 Red Gilt Chinese Statues Late Qing Dynasty full bottom view with made in china paper label

4663 Red Gilt Chinese Statues Late Qing Dynasty full back of man
Both of these statues are in excellent condition, with much rubbing to the gilding, which may have been intentional. We find no breaks or chips except that the "toes" of the mandarin's right foot are missing, but the area is painted and gilded, so it probably occurred during the carving process. 

For those who love Asian accents for their home, these spectacularly decorative statues are a terrific find.
4663 Red Gilt Chinese Statues Late Qing Dynasty full back view female


NOTE: Due to the size and weight of these statues, for US addresses we will ship them USPS Parcel Select Ground unless you choose (and pay for) Priority Mail at checkout. Shipping for our Canadian customers can be calculated at checkout.

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