Condition: Excellent

Vintage Chinese Display Stands / Non-Folding Picture Plate Easels | Ornamental Decorative Stands | 1950

Description —
Shown for sale is an array of four (4) beautiful Chinese easels, ranging from simple to ornate and made to display porcelain plates, (note the 6th image shown is only illustrating how the easel was used and the plate is not for sale). The four pieces are made of hard, dense woods of good color and beautiful grain, and finished with wax. Each employs mortise & tenon construction, two plain and two with ruyi designs. Condition: Excellent and sturdy. Dimensions: each measure a height of 7-0″ and made to accommodate an 8-0″ plate or less.

Additional Information —
Display easels are and were used to enhance the piece being exhibited, and in Asia were primarily porcelain plates were exhibited on hall-consoles in reception rooms, or in a Japanese Tokonoma, (build in recessed space / alcove). Display easels very in size, sturdiness and range from intricate to simple carving depending upon the weight and size of the object to be placed on them. “We realized that the people who made these artifacts were artists in their own right, although anonymous ones.” Over hundreds of years, these craftsmen produced thousands of carvings for support objects such as the easel. The lack of sharp edging, the softness of the finish of the wood, the lack of extraneous appendages to bring attention to the piece being exhibited — these are all characteristic of the best Chinese easels and stands.

The best of the wood-carved easels are older, dating from the 19th century or earlier. “Collectors should look to pieces that have real age, to the oldest examples and look for the way a piece is shaped/carved/finished.” Older craftsmen were not only more skilled than contemporary producers in which pieces are primarily machine made; they also had access to the most cherished Chinese woods such as huanghuali, zitan, jichi, ju, tieli, Rosewood, and Zelkova. “China has an enormous population and a tremendous need for fuel in what is a mostly poor and largely rural farm population. Many of these pieces, while they’ve gained in value, go unnoticed by general public and antique dealers.

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