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Chinese Imperial Painted Wood Plaque. Qing Dynasty, 1710.  photo courtesy Doyle New York

Of rectangular form, worked with red lettering reading 'Presented to the 7th Civil Rank Official, serving at Jingde County...presented by scholar regional leader Lu Youge, Qing Dynasty, 1710' on a black ground. Height 34 inches, width 8 feet 3/4 inch.  Estimate $6,000-8,000

This item presented for the 80th birthday celebration of the scholar who is a 7th civil rank official, Jingde County is in Anhui province under the jurisdiction of Xuancheng

Doyle New York. Asian Works of Art. Monday, March 21, 2011 www.doylenewyork.com