3681
3681
A REVERSE-PAINTED AND INSCRIBED IVORY TABLE SCREEN
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
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3681
A REVERSE-PAINTED AND INSCRIBED IVORY TABLE SCREEN
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
JUMP TO LOT

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A REVERSE-PAINTED AND INSCRIBED IVORY TABLE SCREEN
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
the rectangular plaque reverse-painted against a black ground, depicting on one side figures on sampan boats journeying through a river landscape with pavilions and trees sheltered amongst cragged rocks, the reverse inscribed in running script with the Tang poem by Wang Wan entitled Ci beigu shan xia, the sides of the plaque and the stand similarly decorated with addorsed archaistic dragons and square scrolls
overall 19 cm, 7 1/2  in.
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Catalogue Note

The river landscape on the present table screen is rendered through a complex process of reverse decoration, in which the landscape and the figures are reserved in the natural colour of the ivory material against the black lacquer ground. For a related reverse-decorated ivory table screen with figures in a landscape, see one included in the exhibition Chinese Ivories from the Shang to the Qing, Oriental Ceramic Society and the British Museum, London, 1984, no. 162. 

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong