• 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 928

    THREE SMALL IVORY ARTICLES FOR THE SCHOLAR'S DESK

    17TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    THREE SMALL IVORY ARTICLES FOR THE SCHOLAR'S DESK
    17TH/19TH CENTURY
    Comprising a small carving of a stemmed lotus pod with loose seeds; a brush with ivory handle carved in openwork as a flowering tree growing from rocks; and a curved qin-form plaque inscribed, Shi zhi shi xuan tang yi cheng ('Use until one arrives at the Hall of Profound Knowledge'), followed by a signature that may read Jin Chao, and a seal
    1¾, 5 and 5 7/16 in. (4.4, 12.7 and 13.8 cm.) long, one box (3)


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    Exhibited

    Small brush and miniature qin: Nicholas Grindley, March 2006, nos. 5 and 25, respectively.