Featured Carved Iv0ry basket

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by KSW, Oct 13, 2023.

  1. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    So I thought this was a celluloid vanity type thingy but looking at the base it just dawned on me that those lines aren’t straight and it’s Iv0ry….:facepalm: Yes, I know, slow as a racehorse on its holidays :rolleyes:
    Sadly damaged in places, missing a top and some of the base but I can’t quite believe how fine the workmanship is - those lines :jawdrop:
    Is there a name for this type of work? Presumably Chinese?
    The big question is how do I clean it? It is filthy and laughing in the face of my cotton bud and warm water. I don’t know if the obvious glue is original and if it will just disintegrate into pieces if I get it wet? I’d like to use dish soap and a baby toothbrush but that would require rinsing thoroughly afterwards.
    Any thoughts please :)
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  2. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    I think that's incredible, and the damage is to be expected. One of the draws of ivory is that it can be carved that minutely. I would be concerned with not getting it any dirtier, but beyond that leave it alone.
     
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  3. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

  4. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Debora's.....and I can't even imagine.....thinking about the work in it!!! EITHER one, for that matter!!!! Personally, I think I like @KSW's better as the work is better defined, or maybe just larger!!

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  5. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    OMG.....what an amazing and delicate thing!
     
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  6. Sdcookie2

    Sdcookie2 Well-Known Member

    Lots of hours with a damp microfiber cloth and q tips. Then go over it with q tips and light baby oil to reintroduce some moisture. No need to over clean. I have handled over 100 pieces of ivory and this technique has worked for me.
     
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  7. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    All I know is I wouldn't have wanted to carve that. Whee!
     
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  8. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    I would agree with the cleaning suggestions, but perhaps skip the baby oil. With all the fine recesses it may leave a residue that attracts and holds more dust.
     
  9. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Well found @Debora ! Thankyou. That is so similar and gives me a fair idea of what the missing top should look like.
    All good points MOS. It does look in a fairly similar condition to the one in Debora’s link.
     
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  10. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Guess what I’m going to be doing :rolleyes::hilarious:
     
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  11. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    That’s astonishing.

    don’t tell me you found it at a car boot.
     
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  12. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Then there's that museum curators' favorite cleaning agent: spit.
     
  13. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Full of lovely enzymes!

    Bread too, although not on this.
     
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  14. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Isn’t it just! I was quite shocked when I started studying it and realised what it was.
     
  15. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Really? I didn’t know that :eek:
     
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  16. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous Canton iv0ry, 19th century. Probably shaped after a wedding basket.
     
  17. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Incredible find!:woot:
    What a beauty!!!!
     
  18. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    Spit is a mild acid and readily available!
     
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  19. Northern Lights Lodge

    Northern Lights Lodge Well-Known Member

    What a treasure! I would have LOVED to find that!
     
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  20. kentworld

    kentworld Well-Known Member

    Why are we spelling iv0ry like this?
     
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