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Each Tier Hung with Bells the Structure Surrounded by a Fenced Garden Terrace with Temple Gates in which Chinese Court Dignitaries Stand with Tables Laden with Precious Objects the Garden Displaying Scholars Rocks Flowering Plants in Pots and Ornamental Trees
Qing Dynasty / Late 18th – Early 19th Century
Size: 66cm high, 25cm wide, 29cm deep - 26 ins high, 10 ins wide, 11½ ins deep
Ex Private collection
cf: A similar Cantonese Ivory Boat brought back to England in 1803 by Mr Richard Hall (1764 - 1834) is in the Victoria and Albert Museum A.6-1936
From the early 18th century carvings in ivory formed a lucrative and influential part of the export trade that passed through the port of Canton. John Barrow in his book ‘Travels in China’ of 1804 stated that ‘of all the mechanical arts that in which they seem to have attained the highest degree of perfection is the cutting of ivory.’