Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones

Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones

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Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones
Antique Ivory Carvings - Emperor and Empress on Thrones

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EXTREMELY RARE - MATCHED PAIR of the EMPEROR QIANLONG and his EMPRESS on EXTREMELY ELABORATE THRONES in front of FINELY PIERCED CARVED FACETTED SCREENS - 20" - 16 POUNDS. It is difficult to know where to begin in describing these monumental works of art. The amount of detail is truly awe inspiring and it must have taken years to carve these marvelous pieces. These exquisitely carved and very unique pieces showcase the Emperor Qianlong and his Empress. They are seated on their elaborate thrones in front of finely pierced carved facetted screens. The Emperor rests his left hand on his robe and holds a gift in his right hand. The Emperor's throne displays two dragons on each side of his throne, 4 dragons on the back of his throne and deeply incised dragons chasing the flaming pearl of knowledge on his robes. There are also 3 dragons intricately carved into the screen behind him and 4 intricately carved dragons on the top of the screen. There is also an intricate dragon carved into the area in front of him between the two incense burners. 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. There is also a foo dog carved into each side near the base of the emperor's throne. The Empress is holding a Ju-i Scepter in her left hand. 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 Empress's throne displays two phoenix birds on each side of her throne, 4 phoenix birds on the back of her throne and deeply incised phoenix birds on her robes. There are also 3 phoenix birds intricately carved into the screen behind her and 4 intricately carved phoenix birds on the top of the screen. There is also an intricate phoenix carved into the area in front of her between the two incense burners. 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. There is also a foo dog carved into each side near the base of the empress's throne. The artist has done an incredible job of deeply carving these beautiful pieces. The deep incising gives both depth and beauty to each piece. He has further enhanced their beauty with the subtle use of scrimshaw. The Emperor and Empress each sit atop an ivory base and have a lovely patina that comes only with age. In front of each piece is an intricately carved incense burner that in and of itself is a miniature work of art. The incense burners are supported by foo dogs and have foo dogs with loose ring handles on either side of each incense burner. The Foo Dog is the symbol of good fortune, luck and wisdom. Guardians such as these are placed at the entrance of a home, temple, palace, or other building to guard the occupants from evil and harmful spirits. Foo Dogs are the symbols of valor and energy – indispensable compliments of wisdom. At the very top of each piece you will find a double gourd that is between the dragons on the emperor's screen and between the phoenixes on the empress's screen. The double gourd is a symbol of longevity and is intended to bring good luck and long life. The double gourd's many seeds make the gourd a symbol of fertility. The double gourd is also associated with deities and immortals. Each piece stands a towering 20” tall and the combined weight of the ivory is an amazing 16 pounds! "Qianlong" is engraved on the underside of each piece referring to the Emperor and Empress that are the subjects of these glorious works of art. These carvings are 100% genuine elephant IVORY and in EXCELLENT CONDITION. They were HAND CARVED and HAND SCRIMSHAWED and SIGNED in China by a gifted master craftsman in the early 1900s. They have a lovely patina that nature has chosen to bestow upon them. These carvings are UNIQUE and exhibit 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. These carvings were legally imported into the USA and can only be shipped to locations within the USA. This magnificent monumental pair would make a crowning addition to any collection of quality Asian Art and should steadily increase in value over the years. Dimensions (Each): 20.00" x 12.75" x 9.00" Weight (Combined): 16 Pounds Signatures: Engraved - Qianlong 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-051
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Fine Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • See Listing
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Height: 20 inches
  • Depth: 9 inches
  • Weight: 16 pounds
  • Condition
  • Excellent
  • Material
  • Ivory

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