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AN IVORY MODEL OF A RAFT

18TH CENTURY

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AN IVORY MODEL OF A RAFT
18TH CENTURY
The raft is carved in the form of a gnarled prunus tree trunk, with a pair of delicately carved birds in its openwork flowering branches. There are two figures comprising a lady standing in floral robes with her hair elegantly tied into a high chignon, and a seated sage holding a fan in one hand and wearing an elaborately carved headdress and floral medallion robes.
6½ in. (16.5 cm.) long
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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.

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Lot Essay

A very similar ivory raft carving constructed in the same way with separate parts was included in the exhibition Chinese Ivories from the Kwan Collection, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 28 July to 14 October 1990, p.308, no. 154. See also another similar raft carving, The Minor Arts of China IV, Spink, London, 4 - 21 April 1989, p. 40, no. 46. Compare also a similar carving of a raft which sold in these rooms, 11 May 2010, lot 44.

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