Large ivory Canton ball carved flower dragons China XIXth century

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E30 125

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500,00 €

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Large Canton ball* with its support, in finely carved and openwork ivory decorated with intertwined dragons as well as flowers and stylized patterns on the first inner layer, foot carved with plant pattern and decorated with four small puzzle balls with dragons, from China , from the late 19th-early 20th century.

This ball is in very good condition and is of exceptional quality. The foot is also sculpted with four balls of different sizes.

A note: tiny wear and dirt 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 nested spheres separated from each other, so that each internal sphere moves freely one inside the other.

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  • Diamètre boule 7 cm
  • Height totale 27,5 cm