• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 58

    A CANTONESE IVORY OBLONG OCTAGONAL WORKBOX

    FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A CANTONESE IVORY OBLONG OCTAGONAL WORKBOX
    FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY
    With hinged cover, inner compartmented drop-in tray, and metal bracket handles, supported on four paw feet, densely carved in varying degrees of relief around the sides and on the cover with numerous figures at various leisurely pursuits including in boats, on horseback, in pavilions, playing musical instruments, drinking tea and in conversation, amongst pine, willow and other trees and shrubs, the domed cover with flat top surmounted by a rounded finial carved and pierced with fruit, flowers and foliage; various ivory sewing accessories, compartment covers and fittings, a circular tray and a box and cover; and a white metal key, probably original
    11 in. (29.3 cm.) wide


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    A very similar ivory box was sold in these Rooms, Fasque, The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones, 7 May 2008, lot 115.

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