A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century
Lot 5174Y
A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century
Sold for US$ 182,500 inc. premium
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A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan 18th century
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A rare and important woven and embellished ivory tribute fan
18th century
The thinly cut strips of ivory woven in the form of a gently concave banana leaf, the main panel of the fan lavishly embellished with stained and painted ivory appliqués of a flowering orchid plant, a blossoming plum tree, citrons and other flowers with vase-form amber plaque at the center raised on scrolling clouds, centered on both sides with bamboo staves secured to the tortoiseshell frame at the top by a gilt bronze lingzhi head clip and two enameled medallions, joined at the bottom by a carved shell medallion inlaid with indigo and purple-hued kingfisher feathers of scrolling dragons at the front and a lotus blossom at the back, all above the enameled arched handle continuing the subtle S-form of the fan with a finely painted scene of flowering vines with birds and butterflies on a purple ground, joined to the fan by a mossy agate collar of semi-transparent and russet hue and terminating in a lingzhi head form terminal of the same material pierced with two holes to accept a hanging tassel.
22.5in (57.1cm) long

Footnotes

  • Extravagant items such as this fan were made in Guangdong as tribute gifts for the imperial court and are the products of the finest craftsmanship of the day. The materials and techniques shown in this fan illustrate the exemplary work being produced in the first half of 18th century China. The example offered here has been well maintained considering the extremely fragile nature and challenging techniques used to craft the materials. Comparable examples can be seen in The Palace Museum, Beijing, The Palace Museum Collection of Elite Carvings (Beijing, 2002), p. 181-2, no. 140-1. Fans of similar form and materials were sold at Christie's, New York, September 15, 2009, lot 2196; as well as at Sotheby's, New York, March 23, 2010, lot 149.
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