Friday, January 20, 2012


A client made a request for a large screen or group of screens to be mounted over her king size bed instead of using a conventional headboard.

While taking a group through the factories  - I headed to a floor I had not seen in years.  There mounted high up on the wall was this huge signboard.  So dirty and dusty but I knew immediately that it would be just the thing.  

The client looked into the meaning of the symbols...   " let's say long time ago, this board was hung in the family room of a big house, it could mean that the family (family tree) would become prosperous, flourishing, proud, and grow strong. "

These are very hard to come by which keeps the price on the higher side.  I sold this for $9980 HK / US $1286.  I would guess it's worth 3-4 times that.

More that I found on the Internet for comparison pricing and quality.

Northern China, 19th century
Hung in the home of a prosperous individual, this 19th century
Chinese carved and gilt sign of honor has characters bestowing
wishes of "achievement" and "success" to the recipient
US$ 5280

18th Century
Chinese calligraphy panel honoring advancement to the second level of the National Civil Service Exam. Dated 11th year of Emperor Tung Zi of Ching Dynasty.
US$ 1600

Canton, China 19th century
A 19th century Chinese lacquered and painted shop sign with
"Tea" and "Leaves" characters carved in relief.
height: 6 ft. 4 in.
depth: 2 in.
width/length: 26 in.

 Shanxi Province, China   c. 1850
A 19th century Chinese lacquered elmwood sign of honor with
central characters bestowing eternal youth to a successful
man on his 60th birthday.
height: 35 in.
depth: 2 in.
width/length: 7 ft. 8 in

Northern China     c. 1850
A 19th century carved Chinese elmwood sign of honor awarded
to a gentleman on his 80th birthday. The large characters in
the center read from right to left, "Happiness", "Long Life,
"Accompanied by", and "Dynasty." Loosely translated the sign
is honoring the recipient for his long joyous life and prosperous
family. The carved characters at the bottom are the names of all
the people who presented the sign.
height: 34.5 in.
depth: 2.5 in.
width/length: 5 ft. 5 in
US $3,280

China  19th Century
A grand 19th century Northern Chinese carved and lacquered sign
of honor which translates as "High Moral, Far-Reaching Impact",
presented to an important man who's moral values were felt
amongst all members of the community. The sign hung in the
family's ancestral hall out of respect for all of the recipient's
height: 42.5 in.
depth: 1.5 in.
width/length: 7 ft. 2 in.
US $4,380

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