Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage

Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage

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Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage
Antique Ivory Carving - Emperor in Horse Drawn Carriage

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Hand Carved Ivory - VERY RARE - EMPEROR in an intricately carved HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE with DRIVER on a sectional ivory base with custom hardwood stand weighing 24 POUNDS! A carving of this size and this quality would sell for at least $ 50,000 in a fine retail shop. This is an important Chinese Ivory Group depicting an Emperor in a horse drawn carriage being driven by his attendant. The carriage and horses rest on a rectangular sectional ivory base profusely decorated with nicely scrimshawed flowers. THE CARRIAGE - The carriage itself is very ornate. The carriage is surrounded by finely pierced ivory walls with windows on both sides and the back of the carriage. There is elaborate and very intricate scroll work on either side of the carriage. Eleven pillars support intricately carved fencing that wrap around the entire body of the carriage. The wheels of the cart are also elaborately decorated. THE DRAGONS - There are four dragons on the roof of the carriage and dragons on either side of the rear horse near the yoke that permits the horses to pull the carriage. The DRAGON is the symbol of luck, wealth, good fortune and wisdom. The dragon is the symbol of luck, wealth, good fortune and wisdom. The dragon represents male vigor and fertility and is also the imperial emblem of the Emperor. The coat of arms of the Emperors from the Han period displayed two dragons contesting the fiery pearl. A five-clawed dragon was for imperial use only. A four-clawed dragon indicated a prince and a three-clawed dragon represented an official. The dragon and phoenix are the symbols for husband and wife and emperor and empress. The dragon ranks first amongst the 4 supernatural creatures. THE PHOENIX - There is also a PHOENIX on the top of the carriage surrounded by the four dragons. The phoenix is the emblem of the Empress. It only appears during times of peace and prosperity. It ranks second of the 4 supernatural creatures. A train of small birds is always in attendance when the phoenix flies. The phoenix represents the 5 Human Qualities - Virtue, Duty, Correct Behavior, Humanity and Reliability. It also represents sun and warmth for the summer harvest and symbolizes peace, beauty and good fortune. THE EMPEROR - The emperor sits inside the carriage. He is well carved and holds a Ju-I scepter in his right hand while his left hand rests on his robe. The Ju-i in the Ch'ing Dynasty was presented to high court officials as a marker of Imperial favor. The Ju-i tradition is thousands of years old. Originally thought to be a short sword, used for pointing, it later became a primitive phallic symbol given by the Emperor to a favorite consort. It reached its present symbolism in the Tang Dynasty during the 7th and 8th centuries. THE DRIVER - The driver sits in the front of the carriage with the ivory reins in each hand. Lanterns, suspended by ivory hooks, hang freely on each side of the driver. THE HORSES - The horses drawing the carriage are beautiful and impart a real feeling of motion to this fantastic work of art. The artist has done a wonderful job of scrimshawing the manes and tails of the horses. He has also lightly scrimshawed the straps and flowers on each of the horses. The size and weight of this piece are remarkable. It measures 32" x 14" x 10 1/2". This piece weighs a remarkable 24 pounds! The condition is really spectacular. It is a marvelous, superbly finished and exceptionally sculpted dynamic image. This is truly a prize piece that will be cherished for a lifetime. A custom carved hardwood stand is included and is original to the piece. This carving is 100% genuine elephant IVORY and in EXCELLENT CONDITION. It was HAND CARVED and HAND SCRIMSHAWED in China by a gifted master craftsman in the early 1900s. It has a lovely patina that nature has chosen to bestow upon it. This carving is UNIQUE and exhibits beautiful IVORY GRAIN which is guaranteed to be clearly visible. The ivory has been highly polished and exquisitely detailed. The quality of the ivory, the quality of the carving and the quality of the scrimshaw work are all exceptional. This carving was legally imported into the USA and can only be shipped to locations within the USA. This wonderful carving will make a stunning addition to any a home or office and should only increase in value over the years. Dimensions: 32" x 14" x 10 1/2" Weight: 24 Pounds - IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL PICTURES OF THIS ITEM THAT ARE LARGER AND SHOW MORE DETAIL, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL AND WE WILL FORWARD THEM TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • I-292
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Fine Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • See Listing
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 32 inches
  • Height: 14 inches
  • Depth: 10.5 inches
  • Weight: 24 pounds
  • Condition
  • Excellent
  • Material
  • Ivory

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