• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 224

    A PAIR OF PARTIALLY STAINED IVORY BAMBOO-FORM SCROLL WEIGHTS

    LATE 18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF PARTIALLY STAINED IVORY BAMBOO-FORM SCROLL WEIGHTS
    LATE 18TH/19TH CENTURY
    Each finely and realistically carved in high relief on one side as a convex section of bamboo with insect-nibbled leaves, the reverse carved as the inside of the stalk divided into two concave sections by the node, the sections carved in high relief with various insects including a grasshopper, lady bug and cicada in one weight, and a dragon fly, lady bug and beetle in the other, the insects highlighted with staining
    10 1/8 and 9¼ in. (25.7 and 23.5 cm.) long (2)


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    Compare a very similar bamboo-form ivory paperweight, also carved on the interior with insects, dated to the late Qing dynasty, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Small Refined Articles of the Study, Shanghai, 2009, p. 158, no. 138.

    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

    Formerly J.M. Hu Collection.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN EAST COAST COLLECTION