Standing wooden tablet with inscribed stones

Feb 22, 2021. 22:31 UTC
Standing wooden tablet with inscribed stones
AAN
United States of America

Category
Chinese antiques

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Maybe
Description

16 inches tall 12 inches wide 2 inches in depth wooden tablet from China

Provenance

Came from pre revolutionary China where grandfather lived before the revolution

Answered within 2 days
Feb 24, 16:40 UTC
By Leah I.

Fair Market Value

$100 - $150 USD

Insurance Value

$250 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for contacting Mearto. This is a Chinese table screen, which could have been used as a decorative piece or to block wind in front of a window. It was likely made in the late Qing Dynasty (19th century).

It is likely made of carved mahogany. There are 18 ivory panels. They look almost like tiles for a game(?). I haven't been able to discover any real context for the panels. They could just be decorative, but they seem odd. Here are the translations of the Chinese characters:

秀才 xiùcai Scholar
一 幼 yīyòu first child
二 幼 èryòu second child
文人 wénrén Scholar
主 zhǔ lord/master

There is some damage to the piece, cracking in the wood and missing part of the base, and this will affect the price. Based on sales of similar items, the Fair Market Value of this piece is between $100 and $150.

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