IVORY CHINESE KING and QUEEN, HAND CARVINGS, INTRICATE

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 04,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

IS A PAIR OF HAND-CARVED IVORY KING and QUEEN FIGURINES. REAL IVORY FROM ZAIRE.

I AM RE-LISTING THIS BECAUSE I HAD INTENDED TO HAVE A RESERVE PRICE, BUT EITHER I MADE A MISTAKE (LIKELY) OR eBAY MISSED MY RESERVE. TO THE THREE PEOPLE WHO BID, PLEASE GIVE IT ANOTHER GO.
IN NOVEMBER 1980, MY WIFE AND I WERE MARRIED IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. ON OUR HONEYMOON ON ST. THOMAS, WE PURCHASED THESE IVORY FIGURINES TO CELEBRATE OUR MARRIAGE. WE ARE DOWNSIZING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS AND DECIDED THAT WE WOULD SELL THESE WONDERFUL OBJECTS.

THESE CARVINGS ARE INCREDIBLY INTRICATE, HAND CARVED IN CHINA BY VERY TALENTED ARTISTS USING THE FINEST REAL ELEPHANT IVORY FROM ZAIRE IN AFRICA. (ZAIRE IS NOW CALLED THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of the CONGO.) THESE ARE SO INTRICATELY CARVED, IT TAKES A MAGNIFYING GLASS TO SEE ALL OF THE FINE DETAIL IN THE CARVING.

THE KING IS VERY INTRICATELY DRESSED IN A ROYAL ROBE, SITTING ON A DRAGON THRONE AND IS HOLDING SOME KIND OF NECKLACE. YOU CAN EVEN SEE HIS FINGERNAILS. THE BACK OF THE THRONE IS CARVED WITH THE DRAGON MOTIF. yOU CAN MAKE OUT THE DETAIL OF PTERODACTYLS CARVED AROUND THE THRONE, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ONLY ABOUT 1/4 INCH HIGH.

THE QUEEN IS ALSO DRESSED IN A FINE ROBE AND IS SITTING ON A THRONE OF ANCIENT BIRDS. SHE ALSO HAS THE NECKLACE, BUT SHE IS HOLDING A PACKAGE TIED IN A BOW. THE PTERODACTLYS ARE ALSO CARVED AROUND HER THRONE.

i CANNOT OVER-EMPHASIZE THE DETAIL IN THESE CARVINGS. THE ARTIST MUST HAVE SPENT DAYS OR WEEKS CARVING THESE PIECES. EACH PIECE HAS A DIFFERENT CARVED IMAGE OF CHINESE CHARACTERS ON THE BOTTOM. I HAVE NEVER RESEARCHED THESE CARVED LABELS, BUT IT SHOULD BE INTERESTING.

THE IVORY PIECES THEMSELVES STAND A LITTLE MORE THAN 5 INCHES WITHOUT THE POLISHED EXOTIC WOOD BASES.

AS A PART OF THE SALE, TO BE CERTAIN WE WERE COMPLYING WITH THE ELEPHANT CONSERVATION ACT AND WERE BUYING LEGAL IVORY, WE OBTAINED A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL BILL OF LADING SHIPPING DOCUMENT WHICH SHOWS THE SHIPMENT OF IVORY CARVINGS WAS PROPERLY CLEARED BY THE US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ON FEB. 9, 1980. THIS WILL BE INCLUDED WITH THE FIGURINES.

IT IS FUN TO PERUSE THIS BILL OF LADING, AS IT SEEMS TO BE A HISTORICAL DOCUMENT IN ITSELF, EVEN THOUGH IT'S ONLY 28 YEARS OLD. IT SHOWS THE SHIPMENT OF IVORY CARVINGS LEFT HONG KONG, CHINA, ON PAN AM CLIPPER CARGO (NOW DEFUNCT), CONNECTED TO AMERICAN AIRLINES TO ST. THOMAS. A GREAT DEAL OF FURTHER DETAIL IS PROVIDED IN THE DOCUMENT, AND THE WINNING BIDDER SHOULD ALSO HAVE FUN PERUSING IT.

THESE PIECES ARE PERFECT. T ARE NO CHIPS OR CRACKS OR DISCOLORATION. THEY HAVE BEEN BEHIND GLASS SINCE WE BROUGHT THEM HOME IN 1980. WE HAVE SET A REASONABLE RESERVE PRICE WHICH IS WHAT WE PAID FOR THEM IN 1980.

WE WILL PACK THESE SECURELY AND SAFELY AND SEND THEM TO THE WINNING BIDDER. NO HANDLING FEE WILL BE CHARGED. ONLY ACTUAL SHIPPING COSTS WILL BE ADDED.

HAPPY BIDDING

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