• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 867

    AN IVORY FIGURE OF ZHENGLI QUAN

    LATE MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN IVORY FIGURE OF ZHENGLI QUAN
    LATE MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
    The bearded figure shown holding a fan, his body following the curve of the tusk
    9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) high, wood stand


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    This figure of the Daoist immortal Zhengli Quan, who is usually shown holding a fan, is similar to two others illustrated in Ivories of China and the East, Spink & Son Ltd., London, November 1984, nos. 7 and 13. See, also, the figure illustrated in Chinese Ivories from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1990, no. 47, which is dated Ming dynasty, Wanli-Chongzhen (1573-1644).

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