A very finely engraved and inscribed ivory arm rest (bige). The upper part, a long text engraved in miniature characters; it is taken from the book of ”Famous Wemen´s Biographies” (Lie Nu Zhuan), a Eastern Han Dinasty book about the virtue of women. It tells the life of Pang Degong and his wife which were living a happy life in the wild nature in the mountains collecting medicinal plants and herbs.
The lower part is engraved with an idyllic mountain and river scene: Pang Degong is sitting by ...click for details
A small brush-pot of Canton-type carved from a piece of ivory with recessed cartouches depicting pastoral scenes in open work. In addition a poetic impression consisting of four lines of, two to each side. Signed: Wenchuan. Qing, first half of 19th cent. H 8 cm, D 4.5 cm. Condition: Fair (one hairline crack and missing bottom).
A piece of massive ivory carved as a fantasy landscape with detailed renderings of pastoral life complete with village, people attending at various work (fishing, picking fruits, feeding ducks), lotus and fish pond, pavilions and large willow trees. etc. set on a boat-like form imitating a tree trunk. Late Qing, ca. 1900. L 31 cm, H 8 cm. Condition: Excellent (one minor, but superficial hairline on the back side).
A pair of finely carved ivory table screens with sceneries evidently from the popular novel Honglou meng (Dream of the Red Pavillion). On the back sides a pair of Tang poems in semi-cursive calligraphy. Still with remains of original colors. The frames rendered in openwork lattice. One screen made of three parts (frame panels). Qing, 18th cent. H 20 cm, W 11 cm. Condition: Minor crack to bottom of one screen, otherwise very good.
A small, fine ivory carving of a young lady dressed in traditional style and holding a flower . A slightly melancholic expression on her face. On the bottom the maker signature: Qiu Zhi. H. 11,5 cm. Qing, 19th cent. Condition: good.
A small, but very attractive and charming cricket cage made of delicately carved ivory imitating a chicken coop of woven rattan. Top and bottom can be screwed off. China, Qing, 18th cent. H 4.2 cm, D 3 cm. Condition: Fine, but w. minor drying hairline crack to side of cage and bottom w. star crack. No parts missing or broken off.
Small ivory snuff bottle or medicine bottle with coral stopper. Finely hollowed. H. 4,2 cm. Most likely from the middle of the 19th cent. Condition: marks from wear and old age cracks and spoon broken off.
A fine, round ivory seal-paste box, decorated on the lid with a scholar and his attendant in a landscape. Signed “ WU YI”. Late Qing Dynasty. D. 4 cm. Good condition, one short hair-line on the side of the lid.
A very large carving of standing Immortal holding a branch of chrysanthemum flowers on one hand, and a scroll on the other hand. H. 62 cm. ( weight: 2,95 kg.). Late Qing- early 20th c. Condition: Good, but a few small chips at one of the flower petals.