A finely-carved ivory tray  18th century
Lot 195Y
A finely-carved ivory tray 18th century
Sold for £38,400 (US$ 60,220) inc. premium

Lot Details
A finely-carved ivory tray
18th century
The shallow tray following the form of a lingzhi fungus head, carved in medium relief to the sides, base and interior with pomegranates and double gourds borne on leafy stems, blossoming magnolias, a single bat, and a pair of crossed fly whisks, the ivory patinated to a warm honey tone to the rim.
19.8cm (7¾in) wide

Footnotes

  • The quality of workmanship is comparable to a similar ivory tray in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji, Vol.11 Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Horn, Beijing, 1996, fig.99. Compare a similarly-carved ivory tray of this type carved in the form of a 'Buddha's hand citron' with foliage and bats, included in the exhibition Selected Ivory Carvings from the Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust, Phillips, London, 1999, Catalogue no. 18.
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