• 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 829

    A VERY RARE POLYCHROMED IVORY RECTANGULAR TRAY

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A VERY RARE POLYCHROMED IVORY RECTANGULAR TRAY
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    With indented corners above feet of conforming shape, the interior finely carved in relief with a gnarled lychee tree growing from rocks
    5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) long, wood stand


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    According to T.T. Bartholomew, Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2006, p. 73, 3.19, lychee (lizhi) is homophonous with 'establishing a son' (lizi), or 'having a son'.

    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

    Christie's, New York, 2 June 1989, lot 357.