• 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 845

    A FINELY CARVED IVORY WRIST REST

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    A FINELY CARVED IVORY WRIST REST
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Finely carved on the concave side with a gathering of scholars in a mountain retreat and on the convex reverse with sampans sailing in a river
    9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) long, box


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    The style of carving and the theme of scholars are similar to those of an ivory wrist rest of comparable size (24 cm. long) illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 44 - Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, p. 191, no. 156. (Fig. 1) Like the present example there is also a scene of boats in water on the reverse.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    Christie's, Paris, 19 November 2003, lot 188.