An unusual Chinese carved ivory vessel
An unusual Chinese carved ivory vessel. Qing dynasty, 18th century or later. The flared oval neck section is finely carved in shallow relief with a horizontal band of decoration consisting of c-scrolls and two Chinese characters translating as the great Qing dynasty with another two on the other side bearing a two character Qianlong reign mark. Beneath are three equidistant rams heads and tails carved in relief against six hind legs with hoofed feet. The vessel is displayed on a carved wood base. 4.3 in (10.9 cm) height. Provenance: Property of the late Lieutenant Colonel J.E. Armstrong from the collection at Drumnigh House.
Auction Date: September 2013