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RARE & MAGNIFICENT CARVED ROSEWOOD AND IVORY SCREEN. China, Qing Dynasty. This important and ornately carved example depicting the birthday celebration of Hsi Wang Mu and a gathering of the immortals. The fanciful landscape carved in polychrome decorated ivory rendered in many levels as a three dimensional tableau. The sky filled with various immortals on cloud bands, the uppermost riding on herons or cranes. Mounted within a molded rosewood frame intricately inlaid with mother of pearl in the form of floral foliage alternating with shou symbols. Each corner inlaid with an abalone bat. The whole mounted on a conforming rosewood stand also with dense mother of pearl inlays. SIZE: Screen: 31″ h x 21″ w. Overall: 41″ h x 25-1/4″ w. PROVENANCE: From the personal collection of Prince Duan. Retained in his personal quarters. By descent through the family to his great-granddaughter, the consignor. Signed letter of provenance by Mme. Hengyi Aixinjueluo accompanies this lot. CONDITION: Very good overall with original untouched surfaces, fine color and patina. 9-23974 (100,000-150,000)
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