London, South Kensington
28 November 1996
A Japanese ivory model of a boat
with one standing beside a stern, and three seated figures beside a crouching dog, set on a black and gold lacquer stand simulating waves above a pierced section with scattered leaves, flowerheads and bamboo sections -- 21.in (53.4cm) long without stern.
See Colour Plate.
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Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘