25 March 2010
A VERY RARE POLYCHROMED IVORY RECTANGULAR TRAY
With indented corners above feet of conforming shape, the interior finely carved in relief with a gnarled lychee tree growing from rocks
5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) long, wood stand
Christie's, New York, 2 June 1989, lot 357.
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According to T.T. Bartholomew, Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2006, p. 73, 3.19, lychee (lizhi) is homophonous with 'establishing a son' (lizi), or 'having a son'.
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