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Part I - Miniature Signed Carved Ivory Horses, Flea Market Find $2.50

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    Posted 5 years ago

    Efesgirl
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    These beautiful horses stand about 2 1/2 inches high. I thought at first that they were made of resin, but now I know they are ivory.

    There is a name on the bottom of the back hoof of the lighter colored horse. Looks like "H. Zail" or "Z. Hail" . It's also possible that I'm looking at it upside down, too. :-))) The signature is very hard to photograph.

    Thanks in advance for any help, CW friends!
    ~Bonnie~

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    1. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      They are very happy horses:)
    2. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      These are beauties!
      Natural material, but can't see any clues for id... Right, they are tea or Potassium permanganate (KMnO4) stained.
      The balance and attitude are so naturalistic... you stole them ;-)
    3. Ursie, 5 years ago
      Oooo I like these a lot
    4. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      kyra - I took more photos, so I will put up a Part II. Maybe the new photos will help. All I can tell you is that the material is bright white (where it can be seen), cold, hard, dense and very smooth.
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      KYRA - I found this carved horse. This one is not stained, but the position of the horse is the same. I wonder if my horses originally had stands.

      https://www.justcollecting.com/figurines/lot-1160-chinese-carved-ivory-horse
    6. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Others, chinese:
      Résultats de ventes aux enchères d'Art Primitif en Asie
      http://artprimitif.gazette-art.com/asie.php?i=1550&limit=1475,25
    7. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      There, lot 167:
      Asian Fine Art Sale 9th May 2013: Auction Catalogue Page 3
      http://www.dukes-auctions.com/auctions/3/09-05-2013/asian+fine+art+sale/page/3/list
    8. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      A small Carved Ivory Model of a prancing horse, black painted mane and tail, 4 ½” long
      http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/keys-aylsham-salerooms/catalogue-id-srkey10066/lot-79b4d42b-81d2-49fc-8711-a454001f86c4
    9. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Not sure if yours had stands, but think they may well be Chinese.
      It must exist a story or legend about two prancing horses :-)
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      very nice!!
    11. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      They are just wonderful - such a great find. I think they look Chinese.
    12. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      kyra - those horses are similar. If I could figure out the darned name on the hoof, I might find out something more.
    13. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      racer4 - I think they are, too, now that I've seen other photos of similar horses.

      thanks, SEAN68!

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