About This Work
These 2 Pieces represent a Pair of Qilin (麒麟).
A Qilin is is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures.
It is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity.
It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body.
This set of Antique Architectural Fittings is the ornamental ensemble of a
Traditional Chinese Courtyard House (SiHeYuan) located 20 km from the
urban center of Kunming, Yunnan Province.
Given the difficulty of establishing the history of the property prior to 1949,
the Bureau of Cultural Relics and Antiques of Yunnan Province
determined that according to the location, style and great artistic value of its carvings
it may have belonged to a high ranking official and landlord of the late Qing Dynasty, (c.1870).
This lot also includes several pieces of an earlier age, mid-Qing Dynasty (c.1760)
that were part of a mansion near the Jinbi Street, in the center of Kunming.
La Nao de China offers a careful selection of Chinese Art, Antiques and a wide variety of Vintage stuff. We are inspired by all things Chinese, for appreciation, for curiosity and for the fondness we feel for the Traditional Lifestyle of the Chinese People.