• 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 901

    A RARE IVORY FACETED VASE AND STAND

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE IVORY FACETED VASE AND STAND
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Probably made to hold incense tools, of slender tapering form and supported within and by a stool-form stand raised on a square base with block feet and shaped aprons
    4 15/16 in. (12.6 cm.) high


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    The tapering faceted shape of this vase is similar to that of a small parcel-gilt bronze incense tool vase raised on a base, dated 18th century, included in the exhibition, Oriental Works of Art and Miniatures, Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, Winter 2007, no. 4. Ivory incense tool holders were also made in other shapes, as can be seen in two examples illustrated in Chinese Ivories from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1990, nos. 117 and 118, dated Shunzhi/Kangxi (1644-1722).

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    Exhibited

    The Minor Arts of China: III, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 31 March - 16 April 1987, no. 34.