A carved ivory scholar’s tray

18th-19th century 

The tray is of rectangular section and rendered in the form of a lotus leaf with upcurved rim, naturalistically carved in the interior in high relief with undercut lotus stems, buds and flowers, growing from a bundle depicted on the reverse side of the tray. The underside is patinated to a smooth surface of a warm tone.

21.8 cm wide

 

Provenance:

Formerly in a Swiss private collection

For related trays in the Sir Victor Sassoon Collection, see Rose Kerr a.o., Chinese Ivory Carvings, 2016, pp. 96-106,


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