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Wood Carvings


Guangzhou wood carving is famous for its refinement and focused technique. Woodcarving can be divided into architecture decoration and furniture carving.

Wood carving has a history as long as other carving arts. Beginning somewhere between the Spring and Autumn (770-476 BC) and Warring States (475-221 BC) periods of China, and continuing through the present, wood carving is an innovative art form that continues to develop.

As one of the traditional carving arts in Guangzhou, Guangzhou wood carving is famous for its style of semi-cubic through carving, full board carving connected with multi-layered carving and for its incorporation of elements from Beijing and Jiangsu wood carving styles.

Chen Clan Temple, built in Guangxu during the time of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), collected numerous wood carvings, especially those of Chaozhou, epitomizing the artistic spirit of the Qing Dynasty. The censer cover within the temple is demonstrates of the unique style of the period, elaborately crafted and exquisitely carved.

Furniture carvings are famous for featuring rosewood fitments and timber trunks. Rosewood furniture has inherited traditional Chinese carving techniques and similarly artistic framework. Smaller carving craftworks are often lovely and impressive. They are wonderful remembrances of a time-honed art form. The famous carving artistry of Guangzhou rosewood furniture derived from the original Guangzhou wood carving style.