Canton Export Rosewood Frame, ca, 1870
I brought this painting that's been hanging on my wall for about five or six years. My aunt inherited it from her husband, and I received it from her before she died. I just always loved the carving in the frame.
The painting is not so good, unfortunately.
Yeah, that's what I thought.
Little bit of damage. Quality is so-so. I'm not so interested in the painting. I like what you like, which is this frame here. It's a marvel to look around the whole perimeter of this frame and see all the intricate features and the architecture and the trees. I think it's absolutely marvelous.
You can discard the painting. You don't have to discard the painting, but to fill this with a good Cantonese export painting that fits the frame would be absolutely marvelous. At auction, the value of the frame would be between $1,500 to $2,000.
Wonderful. Thank you so much.
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