• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

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

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1203

    A RARE AND UNUSUAL IVORY-EMBELLISHED ZITAN TABLE SCREEN

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE AND UNUSUAL IVORY-EMBELLISHED ZITAN TABLE SCREEN
    18TH CENTURY
    Inset in high relief against a background of painted silk depicting a grand, European villa with well-carved ivory plaques of a man of middle-eastern origin watching as a groom holds the reins of a horned mythical beast, its forehead set with mother-of-pearl 'jewel', while a young boy plays at his feet with a large ball, all set into a zitan frame carved in openwork with a leafy scroll along the waist, the softwood back panel inlaid with a fruiting pomegranate branch
    11 9/16 in. (29.4 cm.) high, 12 7/16 in. (31.6 cm.) wide, 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) deep


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    Provenance

    John Sparks, Ltd., London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A CALIFORNIA COLLECTOR