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    Sale 5333

    Chinese & Japanese Art

    15 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 235

    A VIETNAMESE INKSTONE AND IVORY BOX AND WOOD STAND, CARVED INSCRIPTION DATED TO THE 5TH YEAR OF THE SHAOZHI ERA, CORRESPONDING TO 1845

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    A VIETNAMESE INKSTONE AND IVORY BOX AND WOOD STAND, CARVED INSCRIPTION DATED TO THE 5TH YEAR OF THE SHAOZHI ERA, CORRESPONDING TO 1845
    the rectangular inkstone with carved scrolling foliage; the ivory box with shallow cover carved in high relief with a qilin amongst scrolling clouds and foaming waves, looking up to an octagonal band enclosing the eight trigrams and central yin-yang symbol, the underside carved with a four-character inscription; the wood base carved around the sides with waves, the underside carved with a six-character inscription -- inkstone 4 1/16in. (10.4cm.) long; box 4½in. (11.4cm.) long; stand 5 1/16in. (12.9cm.) long.


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    The inscription inside the cover may be read in Chinese 'Tong qing chi ci', which may be translated, 'Imperially bestowed in (Commemoration of) Mutual (Occasion for) Celebration'. The inscription on the underside of the wood base may be read in Chinese 'Shaozhi wu nian feng zao', which may be translated, 'Made to commission in the fifth year of the Shaozhi era'.
    The Shaozhi era fell in the reign of the third emperor of the Nguyen dynasty of Yue (Annam, now Vietnam), known as Emperor Zhang, AD 1841-47.