Saturday, March 17, 2018

17 Works of Chinese Antique Ivory

Pair of Chinese Antique Ivory Figures of a Royal Couple, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the emperor and empress each on an octagonal raised base, and wearing a large crown inlaid with lapis, turquoise and coral, the underside of each base bearing a four-character mark in a square cartouche, with carved wooden stands, ivory, h. 28", overall, h. 30-1/2", w. 6-1/2".

Chinese Antique Ivory Carving of a Peacock Perched on a Rock, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 19th century, set among pine branches and blooming peonies, marking on the underside, 15-1/4" x 4-3/4". With a carved and pierced wooden stand.

Chinese Carved Antique Ivory Group, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the carriage with a canopy conveying an empress, with a seated coachman and two horses, displayed on a custom-fitted carved wooden stand, ivory, h. 10-3/8", l. 12-3/4", overall, h. 11-3/4".

Chinese Antique Carved Ivory Figure of Guanyin, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the seated figure holding a bottle in its left hand, affixed to the pierced and carved wooden stand, ivory, h. 6-1/4", w. 3-1/2", overall, h. 8-1/2".

Pair of Chinese Antique Ivory Figures, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the two carved figures, one male and one female, each seated beneath a fruit-laden peach tree, a child depicted climbing up each tree handing the ripe peaches to the figure seated below, each marked on the underside with four characters and in a square cartouche, displayed on reticulated wooden stands, figure, h. 13-3/4", w. 4-5/8".

Significant Chinese Antique Ivory Figural Group, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), depicting a scene from the Chinese literary masterwork Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin (1715-1763), affixed to a wooden base inlaid with phoenixes, with a plexiglass bonnet, ivory, h. 16", w. 13-3/4", l. 32-1/4", bonnet, h. 21-1/4". In the chapter depicted, the novel's primary protagonist, Jia Baoyu, attends the meeting of his sister, Jia Tanchun's poetry club. The ladies are writing poems about chrysanthemums and dining on fish, crabs and other delicacies. Jia Baoyu's wife Xue Baochai, writes a satirical verse on the subject of eating crabs. In the ivory vignette, the figure of Xue Baochai holds her poem out over the table. Jia Baoyu stands before a screen flanked by two finely carved reticulated lanterns. The terrace is fitted with such fineries associated with classical Chinese aristocracy as archaic bronzes, fine porcelains, supplies for writing and scholar's rocks.

Chinese Antique Ivory Carving, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), carved depicting the emperor and ladies of the imperial court reveling in an elegant mountain pavilion, flanked by willow and pine trees overlooking a lotus pond, h. 10", w. 4-3/4".

Pair of Chinese Carved Antique Ivory Immortals, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the female example holding a child and peony stem, a phoenix with another child on its back standing beside her, the male example of an elderly sage holding a bough of the peaches of longevity, a dragon with a child on its back standing beside him, each affixed to a tiered wooden base, ivory, h. 45", w. 6", overall, h. 50", w. 12", wt. approx 40 lbs each.

Pair of Chinese Antique Ivory Carved Tusks, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), each tusk decorated with a reticulated and finely rendered depiction of immortals in mountain forests, carefully carved in the round, with carved wooden stands, tusk, h. 14", w. 3-3/4".

Chinese Antique Ivory Canton Village Scene, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), intricately carved and finely articulated with a scene of a mountain village with figures, horses and buildings set among trees, displayed on a carved and molded wooden stand, ivory, h. 7-3/4", l. 15", overall, h. 9", l. 16-1/4".

Chinese Carved Antique Ivory Tusk, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), carved with dragons with red inlaid eyes, set among ruyi clouds, the tusk base inscribed with a Qianlong reign (1736-1795) mark in an oval cartouche, on a pierced and carved wooden stand, ivory, h. 24", w. 5-1/2", l. 80" along the curve, l. 57" tip to tip, overall, h. 33-1/4", wt. 51.2 lbs.

Chinese Carved Antique Ivory Ewer, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), in the form of a standing phoenix with a meiping vase on its back, the vase surmounted with a lid with two rings, the phoenix carved with a scrolling floral decoration and reserves of the ewer adorned with dragons, a four-character mark on the underside of the vessel, h. 20-3/8", w. 5-1/8", l. 12".

Chinese Carved Antique Ivory Vase, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the intricately carved large vessel covered with a scrolling floral motif and reserves depicting the immortals around the body of the vessel, with two taotie lugs on the neck of the vase, each with a suspended ring, the underside with a four-character Qianlong mark, h. 20", w. 6".

Pair of Chinese Antique Ivory Urns, the pair of elaborately carved urns with dragon and ruyi cloud panels on the sides of each vessel, each urn with a pair of taotie lugs with a suspended ring, the lids topped with a dragon finial, displayed with carved wooden stands, urn, h. 17", w. 3-3/8".

Monumental Pair of Chinese Antique Ivory Palace Urns, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), each of the two tiled decorative vessels with ruyi scepter handles and foo dog lugs, decorated with floral scrollwork, phoenixes, dragons and auspicious characters, with reserves on the body of each vessel depicting sages with mythical animals and groups of immortals, the lids topped with a figure of Guanyin, the goddess of mercy, astride an elephant, the pachyderm inlaid with lapis, coral and turquoise, and the lids marked with the goddess' name, each with a carved wood stand, vase, h. 62", overall, h. 68", w. 13", d. 17".

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