The Property of a Lady
An exotic and rare ivory figure
Early 19th century
The head of carved ivory with a queue of natural hair added at the back and wearing a raspberry-coloured silk cap, the hands also of ivory and the body made from a frame of wicker covered in compressed layers of paper and clothed in the silk robes of a court official with all details carefully and realistically reproduced in silk and gold thread, including a rank badge with a bird and bat, painted wood stand. 49cm (19¼in) high (3).