(SOLD) LG Chinese Ivory Puzzle Ball with 18+ Balls
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Ivory: Pre 1960: item # 1107353
Please refer to our stock # PB-001 when inquiring.
Oklahoma Liquidation Station
$15,000. SALE: $7,500
|We are very proud to offer an amazing , rare, scarce, enormous Ivory Chinese Puzzle ball carved with 18 (+?) balls that is 24 tall & 5 inches wide. This magnificent work of art is comprised of three pieces. On bottom is an ornate reticulated base with an Emperor & Empress. The next part that screws in is another puzzle ball & reticulated box with an ivory cup upon which the large ball sits. The large ball (478 grams) has a deeply carved phoenix bird & several writhing ,python-like, swirling dragons among clouds. All parts are in original & excellent condition. There are several tiny spots on first inner ball that have 1mm breaks.There is a simular tiny break on "box" right next to pressure space..see photo. These are barely noticeable under 20x jewelry loop. The carving on large ball is very deep & very detailed. It is magnificent! The inner balls are very ornate with carved little Greek key designs & tiny squares. The whole thing is amazing! They say the maximum number for carved balls is 18, so here is a very good example that this could be done. This majestic ivory dates to 1960 or earlier. We bought it in "Chinatown" San Francisco, Calif. about 37 years ago. This enormous puzzle ball would be just impossible to find at this day & time. It is important to note that in order to "count" inner balls, they must be moved around (quite scary). However, it is advised that they be moved with a "feather" or "pipe-cleaner". Never use your fingers! You could do damage to inner balls. We use Paypal only, & UPS shipping. UPS charges $2.xx for every $100. to be insured + shipping. Shipping in USA only. Shipping will be expensive due to need for double boxing & large value for insurance. But this ivory is worth it!! We are no longer able to sell Ivory to anyone in California. The state of Calif. passed a law in April 2012 banning the sale of ALL Ivory in Calif., even the antique Ivory. In the near future, I think this law will be over the entire USA.. & the World. If you want to buy Ivory You should do so while it is still "legal". We cannot ship ivory out of USA. We cannot ship to State of New York either.|