Antique window frames with ornate patterns attract viewers

Aug 11, 2017|By Tong Wangyue

A museum featuring Ming- and Qing-dynasty carved window frames is one of the private museums receiving government support in Suzhou. The museum in Pingjiang New Town, Gusu District, was founded in 2014 by Cai Xiaolan, a private collector. Cai has amassed some 3,000 lattice window frames that show exquisite wood carving and craftsmanship.

Cai said he began to build his collection in 1992 after he purchased a window frame made of ginkgo wood during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The museum is now an extracurricular education base for students of Soochow University, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, and Suzhou Art & Design Technology Institute.

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