This is an antique 150 year old Chinese (c. 1860's) wooden carving with peony flowers. This carving has a foo-dog motif on the top right (see pictures 2 & 3). The carving is intricately carved in Chinese yumu (a type of elm) wood.
This carving was once incorporated into a much larger piece of furniture like a wardrobe or bed.During the Chinese cultural revolution most of these fabulous carvings were destroyed. Some were saved and warehoused until recently. As China attempts to maintain her long cultural heritage, such carvings are no longer being allowed out the country. We have a limited number that we shipped from China 10 years ago. This may be your last chance to own such a piece of China's ancient past. This is one panel from a larger piece such as you can see in the last photo.
This carving measures 15.5" long by 13.5" wide by 1.5" thick (39 x 34 x 4 cm). Having been well loved for nearly a century and a half,it remains in very good condition. Please view the enlarged pictures to admire this intricately detailed carving.