• 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 826

    A RARE IMPERIAL STAINED IVORY STAND

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE IMPERIAL STAINED IVORY STAND
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Finely carved as nandina, narcissus leaves and lingzhi growing from rockwork, with traces of green stain
    4¼ in. (10.9 cm.) long overall with wood stand


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    During the Qianlong period small ivory stands finely carved with motifs from nature were apparently made for specific treasured objects. Two such stands, also with staining, are illustrated by S. Kwan, Chinese Ivories from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, The Chinese University in Hong Kong, 1990, no. 197, carved as lotus and waves, and no. 198, carved as a pine tree, and inscribed with a seal mark, Du Shiyuan zhi (made by Du Shiyuan).

    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.