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).
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.
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