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Chinese scrimshaw pin with silver wire mount c 1890
August 2019 Auction by Far East Asian Art

Delicate artistic pic showing a Chinese woman in a garden pavilion.

Scrolling wire edge with raised sides holding a rectangular piece of creamy bone with a clear surface. The patterns on the bone reveal that it is NOT from elephant ivory. The surface has been etched in black with a design of a Chinese woman in traditional robe holding a fan. She is looking out from a pavilion onto a garden with branches and bamboo. The etching is very minute and accurate...
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