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Round Chinese Architectural Fretwork Panel

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Furniture: Pre 1980: Item # 1104319

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The fretwork in this vintage Chinese architectural panel combines both rounded and straight-edged pieces of elm wood to create a simple, elegant pattern. Large openwork panels such as this were handcrafted by artisans into many hundreds of fretwork designs and set within a variety of square, rectangle, round, hexagon and octagon frames to be used as interior windows in old Chinese houses, providing light, air circulation and a feeling of space. We have seen them recycled for present day architectural use in the same way, or hung as wall art, sometimes backed with a mirror, to add interesting texture and a feeling of space to a room. This one is in near-perfect condition and dates to the latter half of the 20th century. Dimensions: diameter 33 ½” (85 cm), depth 1” (2.5 cm).