An ivory and gourd cricket cage Late Qing dynasty
Lot 310 Y
An ivory and gourd cricket cage Late Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 37,500 (US$ 4,835) inc. premium
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Fine ivory carvings from the Ashfield Collection, United Kingdom (lots 301-313)
An ivory and gourd cricket cage
Late Qing dynasty
Naturalistically worked in the form of a double gourd with curved waist, finely incised with a dragon in flight amidst billowing clouds, framed within an ivory base and cover further surmounted by a reticulated cover carved with butterflies amidst dense vine scrolls.
13.4cm high. (2).

Footnotes

  • 清晚期 葫蘆刻雲龍紋蟋蟀筒

    Provenance 來源:
    Ashfield collection

    The carving of 'dragon in the clouds' is reminiscent of the famous classical Chinese painting genre: 'ink dragon paintings', the most famous of which is 'Nine Dragons', painted by Chen Rong (active 1235-1258), which inspired many painters and potters to follow this tradition, popularising this genre.

    蟋蟀筒模製成形,上寬下窄,中間修腰,整體感覺修長。器上通體刻雲龍紋,一飛龍在雲間穿梭,若隱若現。玳瑁蓋飾鏤雕花蝶紋,並以象牙飾蓋及底部。

    此器上刻之雲龍紋使人聯想到中國書畫傳統中典型的題材:墨龍圖。著名畫作有宋代陳容(活躍於1235-1258)《九龍圖卷》,此後有不同畫家仿傚,更出現於瓷器等其他工藝上,是十分普遍之紋飾。
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