Asian carved shelf and three (3) hardwood plaques, 4 items total. 1st item: Chinese or Japanese carved ebonized hardwood shelf with mirror and two watercolor paintings. Elaborately carved pierced crest emulating intertwined flowering prunus vines extending from a central branch, over a shallow, molded shelf with curved front ends. Vertical panel below, with relief carved prunus blossoms surrounding a central rectangular mirror and two (2) paintings (watercolor on laid paper), one (1) depicting scholars at work at a table and one (1) depicting young men practicing archery. Mortise and tenon construction. 15 1/2" H x 26 1/2" W x 3 1/2"D. Late 19th century or earlier. 2nd-4th items: Three (3) carved Chinese or Japanese hardwood panels or plaques with low relief decoration including peony and fruit, immortal with scroll, and warrior with spear, each enclosed in matching bamboo style ebonized frames. Panels late 19th to early 20th century, frames possibly later. Ranging in size from 5 1/2" H x 31" W x 1" D to 12 1/2" H x 8 1/4" W x 1" D. Provenance: Nashville, Tennessee collection. Consignor's mother acquired during travels in Asia. CONDITION: 1st item: Mirror is a fairly recent replacement. Shrinkage cracks around openings for watercolors; one watercolor (right hand side) is loose in frame. That watercolor has been removed from frame and is not glued down. Some minor warping to shelf. 2nd-4th items: Plaques depicting men have some small chips/losses to clouds and tips of warrior's helmet, up to 3/4" L.
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