A finely carved pair of ivory 'eighteen luohan' wristrests Mid Qing dynasty
Lot 304 Y
A finely carved pair of ivory 'eighteen luohan' wristrests Mid Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,255) inc. premium
Lot Details
Fine ivory carvings from the Ashfield Collection, United Kingdom (lots 301-313)
A finely carved pair of ivory 'eighteen luohan' wristrests
Mid Qing dynasty
Each naturalistically carved in the form of a stem of bamboo, carved in deep relief with eighteen luohan complete with their respective attirbutes, depicted engaged in various activities amongst pavilions and lush pine trees, the reverse carved with the Daoist figure Ma Gu depicted carrying a flower basket and leading a deer up a mountainous path towards a distant pavilion.
Each: 28.4cm high. (2).

Footnotes

  • 清中期 象牙雕十八羅漢圖臂擱一對

    Provenance 來源:
    Belfont Company (Hong Kong) Ltd., 9 December 1990
    Ashfield collection

    Influenced by the bamboo carving tradition, these two wristrests incorporate both low and high relief carving technique, which also represents the peak of quality in the history of ivory carving. For an example of carved wristrests from the Qing Court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Li Jiufang ed., The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, pp.190-191, no. 156.

    臂擱呈覆瓦式,正面淺浮雕為麻姑獻壽圖,麻姑與鹿於斜坡上,背景為山石小亭。背面內凹,運用鏤空高浮雕技術,以十八羅漢為題材,羅漢分三組置於樓閣樹蔭間,有乘龍而至,有聚集論經,有高談寬論,人物姿態生動,場境內容豐富,雕工精細,層次分明,氣韻十足。一對臂擱的形式及雕刻內容一致,唯構圖左右相反,難得保全完整。

    此器正反面分別運用淺浮雕和鏤空高浮雕技術,明顯受竹雕之影響,也是牙雕技術發展到高峰的表現,有關清中期象牙雕臂擱之例子,可參考北京故宮博物院清宮舊藏之象牙雕松蔭雅集圖臂擱,見李久芳,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品全集.竹木牙角雕刻》,香港,2002,頁190-191,編號156。
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