• 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 905

    A RARE IMPERIAL CARVED IVORY FLY WHISK HANDLE

    LATE 17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    A RARE IMPERIAL CARVED IVORY FLY WHISK HANDLE
    LATE 17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Finely carved around the slender waisted sides with two dragons confronted amidst clouds between bands of dragon scroll, with a coiled foliate dragon on the flat circular end and C-scrolls on the pierced domed end
    4¼ in. (10.9 cm.) long


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    In his discussion of this rare fly whisk handle in The Literati Mode, 1986, pp. 224-5, Paul Moss compares the carving to that seen on other small ivory scholar's articles that emanated from the palace workshops during the Kangxi period, and suggests that the style of carving was either influenced by the work of the imperial workshops or may have been made in those workshops.

    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

    Sydney L. Moss, London, June 1986.


    Literature

    Roger Keverne, Ivories of China and the East, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1984, no. 124.
    Paul Moss, The Literati Mode, London, 1986, pp. 224-6, no. 101.