Antique Chinese Hardstone Carving Inkstone Dragon Pearl Scholar ItemAntique Chinese Hardstone Carving Inkstone Dragon Pearl Scholar ItemAntique Chinese Hardstone Carving Inkstone Dragon Pearl Scholar ItemAntique Chinese Hardstone Carving Inkstone Dragon Pearl Scholar ItemAntique Chinese Hardstone Carving Inkstone Dragon Pearl Scholar ItemAntique Chinese Hardstone Carving Inkstone Dragon Pearl Scholar Item

The third and last of a small collection of beautifully carved and very tactile Chinese small inkstones for holding a small quantity of liquid ink, this piece was purchased in 1920 in China by a railroad employee. Old labels aside, we judge this to be most likely late Qing / Early Republic in date and it is not jade, but some other hardstone. Measuring 9.0 x 5.7 x 0.8 cms (at the thickest), it depicts in relief a dragon amongst clouds chasing the flaming pearl (the circular ink depression). Wonderfully carved and very decorative, this is a beautiful example of turn of the 19th/20th century workmanship.

Condition: wear commensurate with age; two tiny edge nicks (please see photos).

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ITEM ID
2014244
ITEM TYPE
Antique
STYLE
Folk Art

Antique Chinese Hardstone Carving Inkstone Dragon Pearl Scholar Item

$275


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