The rectangular plaque carved with a narrative scene with two ladies in a garden studio receiving a letter, the reverse with a calligraphic inscription and a scene with birds and flowers, mounted in a partially reticulated stand with archaistic carving and two Buddhist lions guarding the screen.
Shape: Table screen
Weight: 438 grams
Dimensions: Height 24,6 cm
Condition: Some age cracks, one in the center a bit larger, the stand with minor losses. One of the four supporting elements which connects the screen with the stand is missing. Generally in good condition
Provenance: United Kingdom private collection
Literature: Chinese Ivories from the Kwan Collection. December 1990. By Simon Kwan, Peter Y. K. Lam and Yang Boda. (for a comprehensive overview of Chinese ivories and many interesting examples from the Kangxi period)
Auction result comparison: CHINESE ART. Sotheby’s, 3 DECEMBER 2015, HONG KONG, lot 445. (for a related table screen)