Chinese Carving is a
carving studio for those who love the beauty of art. We're a leading
Chinese carving creator in Far-East. We make carvings in bronze,
terra-cotta, wood, teak, monkey wood, sandstone and in resin. We are
the only wood carving studio in Thailand. Our unique "works-of-art"
can be found in public museums, royal palaces as well as in private
collections. Today WoodRoyal® Studio offers its exclusive collection
directly to you!
Brief History: Wood carving,
as an art form, includes any kind of sculpture in wood, from the
decorative bas-relief on small objects to life-size figures in
the round, furniture, and architectural decorations.The woods
used vary greatly in hardness and grain. The most commonly
employed woods include teak and monkey wood. The tools are
simple gouges, chisels, wooden mallets, and pointed instruments.
Although they were universally one of the earliest art media,
wood carvings have withstood poorly the vicissitudes of time and
The carving of wooden masks and statuettes was common to the
African tribes and totem poles were used for the basic religious
rites of the tribes of the Northwest Coast of America. The
wooden objects of Oceania include animated designs, incised and
in relief, on canoes and large standing figures. In Japan and
China wooden carvings have long been used to decorate temples
and private dwellings. The Muslim countries of North Africa
abound in intricate architectural carvings.
In Europe wood carving was highly
developed in Scandinavia, and examples have been preserved of
10th- and 11th-century work. In England the Gothic period
produced extremely fine carving, especially on choir stalls and
rood screens. Although the Puritans destroyed much of this,
enough has been preserved to show its beautiful workmanship. In
France wood carving was also a part of religious art, and there
the carved altarpieces were especially notable. Italian wood
carving flourished during the Gothic period in Pisa, Siena, and
Florence, as well as in the southern monasteries; during the
Renaissance it remained an adjunct of Italian artistic
Many of the 15th- and 16th-century
artists in Germany worked in wood, creating monumental
sculptures and altarpieces; among the greatest were Hans
Multscher, Michael Pacher, Veit Stoss, and Tilman
Riemenschneider. Fine retables were also created in Flanders and
Spain. After the Renaissance wood carving went into a slight
decline. It had a revival in the early 18th cent. when Grinling
Gibbons in London carved for Sir Christopher Wren's buildings.
In colonial America fine ships' figureheads and many other
pieces now considered important folk art were executed in wood.
The 20th cent. has seen a resurgence of interest in the medium
of wood. Notable modern sculptors who have used wood include
Archipenko, Barlach, Henry Moore, and the Finnish Tapio Virkkala.
An appreciation of the basic material - the grain and texture of
wood - led many figurative artists including William Zorach,
Chaim Gross, Robert Laurent, and José de Creeft to work with
wood. Wood has also held a fascination for some abstract
artists, notably Louise Nevelson who created large, intricate
sculptural compositions of carved and turned wood forms.
Current Trends: At present
European collectors focus on the artistic merits of wood
carving, while Americans are preoccupied with age. We like to
blend the two elements in choosing things to offer. If you have
a special area of interest - or other Chinese and Asian
artifacts - please convey it to us. Select the "Contact"
link at the top right for information on contacting us. We
welcome inquiries from collectors, dealers and museums with
exhibition or business possibilities.