Collection of over 70 lots of Oriental Ivory Carvings from a Private Collection to be auctioned in West Sussex on 22nd May 2013

Ivory 1On Wednesday 22nd May 2013, we is pleased to offer for sale a private collection of over seventy lots of 19th & early 20th century Oriental ivory carvings. The collection will be sold as part of the bi-monthly Oriental Works of Art Auction. The sale will commence at 11am with viewing available prior to the sale. 

This substantial and prized collection was largely formed in the 1960’s and has been consigned by Stancliffe & Glover, Fine Art Agents & Valuers on behalf of the executors of a deceased estate from the West Country. The sale offers a unique opportunity to purchase ivory and other Asian Works of Art both for the experienced and novice collector, with attractive estimates ranging from £100 to £3,500. 

Philip Howell, Oriental Specialist at Bellmans Auctioneers, comments:

‘We are delighted to include this collection within our bi-monthly Oriental sale. The collection is built around a large group of Chinese ivory carvings from the 19th & 20th century, mainly depicting figures and animals. Also spread throughout the collection are examples of hardstones, porcelain and cloisonné. It is rare for such a large collection to come on to the market. I anticipate a great deal of interest amongst Asian and European collectors’.

The sale highlights include lot 275; a set of eight 20th century Chinese ivory figures of Immortals (Illustrated above). Standing at 21cm, each is carved holding an attribute including a flute, fan or other Oriental item. This lot is expected to realise £2,500 - £3,500.

Among the ivory collection is a pair of intricately carved Chinese wrist rests, dating to the late 19th/early 20th century (Lot 268). Each is formed from a half tusk, carved on the interior with three registers of Sages in landscapes. Both measure 25cm high and are displayed on wooden stands and are estimated to achieve between £1,200 - £1,800.

Lot 273, a pair of 19th century Chinese ivory quail boxes and covers. Each carved quail is modelled resting on flowering millet and displayed on a wooden base. The interiors with a gourd shape aperture in the base. This lot is expected to realise between £2,500 - £3,500. The sale also includes lot 309, a realistically carved Japanese banana, which carries a sale estimate of £1,000 - £1,500. The Meiji period (1868 – 1912) saw a flourish of ivory carving, including various fruits and vegetables. This banana is a good example of the carver’s art, produced throughout this period. 

This collection provides buyers with a unique opportunity to purchase high quality ivory and other hardstone ornamental items and highly decorative carvings, all privately consigned.

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