• 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 935

    A RARE IVORY SEAL BOX AND TWO IVORY SEALS

    ONE SEAL DATED BINGWU YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1786 OR 1846

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    Estimate

    A RARE IVORY SEAL BOX AND TWO IVORY SEALS
    ONE SEAL DATED BINGWU YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1786 or 1846
    The cover of the rectangular box finely carved with a chilong amidst clouds, with a C-scroll border at the bottom rim, the base of the plain box carved with a seal, Chijie xuan (Chijie studio); the base of one seal reads, Xia gu chan xin ('With heroic body and Buddha's heart'), and an inscription on one side may be read, 'Made by Yuefang at Xianju Guanshe', the base of the other seal reads Ru shi de zhi ('If it is done this way you will achieve it'), and the inscription on one side may be read, 'Made by Yuefang in the winter of the bingwu year'
    Box 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Virginia Atchley Collection.
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd.


    Exhibited

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1997 - 2007.