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    Sale 7431

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    6 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 232

    A PAIR OF UNUSUAL IVORY FIGURES OF CRESTED BIRDS

    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF UNUSUAL IVORY FIGURES OF CRESTED BIRDS
    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each well modelled looking directly ahead, standing on tall pierced rockwork bases strewn with pine branches, the birds sensitively carved with wing feathers folded back over their long tails, their bodies and crests lightly incised with feather markings, each with a short circular tuft above their triangular beaks
    6¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high (2)


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    Compare the pair of related ivory figures of phoenix on rockwork, with similar tuft-like crests, from the Collection of Mr. Melvin Gutman, sold Sotheby's, 28 February 1935, lot 19, where they are dated to the Qianlong period.

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