IMPORTANT NOTICE ON LOTS CONTAINING IVORY:
The USA has recently changed its policy on the import of property containing elephant ivory. Only Asian Elephant ivory may be imported into the USA, and imports must be accompanied by DNA analysis and confirmation the object is more than 100 years old. Buyers will be responsible for the costs of obtaining any DNA analysis or other report required in connection with their proposed import into the USA. A buyer’s inability to export or import a lot is not a basis for cancelling their purchase.
This intricately carved and pierced panel is typical of the workmanship associated with the Russian north easterly town of Kholmogory, Archangel, where an artistic tradition developed from the 17th to the 19th century of making jewellery, caskets, games and icons, such as this elaborate example, for the wealthy clients of St. Petersburg and Moscow.