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Chinese ivory beauty, 18th century

Chinese ivory beauty, 18th century


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Ivory: Pre 1700: Item # 1335959
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The standing figure bearing the most beautiful ethereal expression and wearing gently cascading robes with multiple strands of tassels with a cord cinched low on her waist, her hair coiffed in multiple swirling coils and finely incised, the lady holding a sword in one hand, raised atop a round base (original base, zitan?) with finely carved clouds totem. The craftsmanship is so great and full of details. Hanging in front of her chest is a plaque with two dragons playing a fire ball. This is very rare in figures of this kind. The carving is further painted with a lot of small decorations. Height: 48 cm Weight: 2,658 kg Provenance: private collection from a family in Paris ###### #Note# ###### A few similar figures can be found in the references, but none of them can be comparable with this figure. This is the most beautiful piece for craftsmanship and overall looking. [1] Warren E. Cox, Chinese ivory sculpture, P. 20, (Center) Spiritual Kwan yin of great size. [2] Michaan's auction, 2011-12-18, Lot 6050 A large ivory beauty, Late Qing Dynasty. Sold for $17,000 (excluding premium) Dragon is symbole of imperial court of the Qing period. And this figure looks very similar to ladies in the famous painting "Twelve beauties" of Yongzheng period (please refer to the photo). This figure might represent a high status lady in the imperial court, which indicate that it might be an art work of the court. Moreover, this great size of solid ivory can not be found easily in Qing period. Only the imperial court may have that wealth to use this very big material.