An ivory casket

An ivory casket


Early 19th century
Length: 7 1/2 in, 19 cm

Of rectangular form. The cover is carved with an elaborate scene of figures in pavilions, on terraces and in a boat, with various plants and trees, including banana and wutong, enclosed by a narrow border simulating bamboo, a frieze of floral scroll and a wider bamboo border. The sides of the box are carved with four similar panels, and the sides of the cover with narrow landscapes, all separated by narrow borders of blossoms and simulated bamboo.

Formerly in an English private collection.

For similar examples, see Allen, “Sir Victor Sassoon and his Ivories”, fig. 11, p. 104; Tardy, Les Ivoires, figs. 2 and 3, p. 283, in the collection of the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul; and Watson, Chinese Ivories from the Shang to the Qing, no. 260, pp. 184–5, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.