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    a massive and magnificent pair of chinese kylins

    Antique A Massive and Magnificent Pair of Chinese Kylins
    • Antique A Massive and Magnificent Pair of Chinese Kylins
    • Antique A Massive and Magnificent Pair of Chinese Kylins
    • Antique A Massive and Magnificent Pair of Chinese Kylins
    • Antique A Massive and Magnificent Pair of Chinese Kylins
    • Antique A Massive and Magnificent Pair of Chinese Kylins

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    A massive and magnificent pair of Chinese Kylins, with complex carved and tinted details resting upon rectangular bases with blind fret carving and insignia of exceptional quality and condition.

     
    The Kylin is an animal in ancient Chinese mythology. It is somewhat like a deer, with horns on the head and scales over the body. Its tail is like that of an ox's. The Kylin is said to be an animal of longevity that could live for 2,000 years. It is also believed that the beast could spit fire and roar like thunder. The Kylin is one of the "Four Divine Creatures", the other three being the phoenix, the turtle and the dragon. In ancient times, it was regarded as a celestial animal, a benevolent animal, the mount for god and a symbol of auspiciousness. Of all animals, the Kylin was ranked second only to the dragon.
    The Kylin is a carrier of profound cultural connotations. In ancient Chinese culture, there are lots of legends about the relations between Kylin and emperors. It was widely believed that the animal would convey the will of Heaven and therefore dictate the rise and fall of a dynasty. In folk culture, there's a saying of "the Kylin bringing a child". Common people regard the animal as a divine creature bringing children to them. It is said that Confucius was brought by a kylin. The animal is also used to describe a brilliantly talented person.
    In traditional Chinese folk customs, various ornaments bearing Kylin images are made and given to children as a talisman that could bring luck and protection. The images of the Kylin can still be found today. The most famous ones are the auspicious guarding creatures in the imperial mausoleums of the Southern Dynasty located in Qixia Town of Nanjing. The images of these creatures are derived from Kylins.
    Circa: 1900
     
    Item Reference = 5359

    Height = 46.00 inches
    Width = 26.00 inches
    Depth = 19.00 inches
    Condition = Excellent
     
    Windsor House Category = Sculpture
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Antiques.co.uk Ref: UK8XYNA8

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    Established in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1957 by our chairman D Kevin Smith, Windsor House Antiques has grown from a small one-man operation into a globally recognised company. In 1999 it was decided to relocate the showrooms to London in order to attract more overseas clientele but still keeping warehousing and the core of the workshops in Leeds. In 1999 an opportunity arose to purchase a second company, Berengar Antiques, operating from significant premises in Northamptonshire. Barnwell Manor, a former royal residence, offers an ideal opportunity to present stock in a period setting and is open strictly by appointment. The company is able to offer, in its combined locations, over 30,000 square feet of stock, both restored and unrestored, to trade and private clients. We also have a Helicopter pad at Barnwell Manor. Its “in house” interior design and research division works closely with private clients as well as established design companies. Almost all restoration is carried out on site with only small and highly specialised restoration given to craftsmen outside the company. Stock items range from £100 to nearly one million pounds with the emphasis on quality and condition. All of our items are chosen for their quality, authenticity, colour of wood, graining, style and line. Hopefully this comes across in the images on our website. However please feel free to contact us for a full condition report for any of the items. The companies are members of LAPADA, where Kevin Smith acted as vice chairman for 23 years, and also CINOA a confederation of leading antique dealers and adheres to both organisations strict codes of practice.

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