Canton ball ivory carved dragons flowers China XIXth century

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E30 122

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500,00 €

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Canton ball* in finely carved and openwork ivory decorated with intertwined dragons as well as stylized flowers and patterns on the first inner layer, with its foot carved with a plant pattern as well as a beautiful dragon, from China, from the late period. 19th-early 20th centuries.

This ball is in very good condition. Small rear thread that attaches the ball with its foot. Trace of signature below the foot.

A note: small break and lack of an ivory net at the level of the dragon of the foot, tiny wear of time, see photos.

Specimen in worked ivory, prior to July 1, 1947 and therefore compliant with EC Regulation 338/97 of 09/12/1996 art.2-Wmc.


* The Canton Ball , also called "puzzle ball", "Chinese puzzle ball" is a masterpiece of creativity and beauty whose complexity is surprising. Its production reached its peak during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The design of Cantonese balls obeys three rules of perfection: YA (refinement), SI (extreme delicacy) and FAN (elaborate complexity). They are composed of several interlocking spheres separated from each other, so that each internal sphere moves freely one inside the other.

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  • Diamètre boule 6 cm / pied 6 cm
  • Height totale 19 cm / pied 13,3 cm