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Posted 4 years ago

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mauicc
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A pair of Ivory (I think) carvings. Likely acquired during the 1920's-1930's in China.

Approximately 11 inches long by 1 3/4 to 2 inches wide with intricate carvings of a village/royal palace scene inside, and relief of a fisherman and mountains on the outside. Coloring is faded but still bright on the inside, not so much on the outside.

Looking for more information on what exactly these are, and how old they may be. I have been searching/asking for info for years, and have yet to find anyone whom has seen anything similar to this.

Any info is much appreciated!

Update: More photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/antique_ivory_carvings/

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  1. imander imander, 4 years ago
    wow these are great, really beautiful looking objects
    ian
  2. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 4 years ago
    They look good, they are polychromed which is what the colors are called. Nicely carved, I would say late Victorian. Look them over very carefully and see if you can find a signature. May be only a few Chinese characters in black. To test for real ivory take a needle and find a spot that can't be seen, heat the needle red hot and poke the piece. If it will not go into piece then its most likely Ivory. If it does, it plastic resin mix, celluloid etc. It will n ot hurt the piece if its Ivory, Ivory is virtually impenetrable with heat. Dave
  3. mauicc, 4 years ago
    Thanks. I've inspected these many times and, unfortunately, have never run across any signatures or makers marks on them.
  4. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 4 years ago
    Let me check around, I might find you someone who will know. Dave
  5. mauicc, 4 years ago
    updated with more pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/antique_ivory_carvings/

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