Early 19C French Provincial Highly Carved Oak Bookcase. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS AND IMPOSING French Provincial Oak…
PRESENTING a GLORIOUS Early 20C Indonesian Carved Wooden Seated Gentleman.
This is BEAUTIFUL bit of ‘treen’ carved most likely in Indonesia or Cambodia or Bali circa 1920.
Carved from one solid block of native hardwood it depicts a seated gentleman in traditional Indonesian attire, with his legs crossed and hands folded almost prayerlike.
Lovely piece of SE Asian Folk Art.
In pretty good condition for it’s age withy some minor cracking as one would expect with age and only 1 repair to the dome of his head.
Purchased in Bali or Indonesia by a Dallas Private Collector in the 1970’s.
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Early 20C Indonesian Carved Wooden Seated Gentleman.
Provenance: From a Dallas Private Collection.
Condition: Good for it’s age with some cracking and a repair to the dome of the man’s head.
Dimensions: 12″ Tall, 6.5″ Wide and 5.75″ Deep