• 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 941

    AN IVORY RECTANGULAR 'LOTUS' SEAL

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN IVORY RECTANGULAR 'LOTUS' SEAL
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    The top well carved with a lotus pod with loose seeds raised within the bound stems of the surrounding furled leaves, lotus bud and grasses, the base relief-carved with a seal which may be read, Wei ju shan ren ('Mountain man living by the Wei river')
    2 7/16 in. (6.3 cm.) high


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    The furled leaves may have been used to hold sticks of incense. The seal is most likely an 'art name'. For another ivory seal centered by a lotus pod with loose seeds dated late Ming dynasty, see Chinese Ivories from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1990, no. 80.

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    Provenance

    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1986.


    Literature

    Paul Moss, The Literati Mode, London, 1986, no. 88.