• 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 853



    Price Realised  

    The concave side deeply carved with the Eighteen Luohans standing on clouds below a dragon, the reverse carved in low relief with a fisherman in a river landscape
    9¾ in. (24.6 cm.) long

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    Compare the ivory wrist rest carved with the Eighteen Luohans in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji; Zhumu yajiaoqi, vol. 11, Shanghai, 1996, p. 86, no. 100, and the example in the Victoria and Albert Museum illustrated in Chinese Ivories from the Shang to the Qing, London, 1984, p. 138, no. 151. See, also, the similarly carved ivory wrist rest, but depicting scenes from the novel San Guo Ji (The Book of the Three Kingdoms), included in the exhibition, Selected Ivory Carvings from the Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust, Phillips, London, 9-20 November 1999, no. 17.

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