Featured Detailed Carved Ivory Scene Help Identifying the Artist?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Molley Ourada, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Molley Ourada

    Molley Ourada Member

    Hello! I bought this about 10 years ago at a Goodwill in Idaho for $10. I have handled a lot of Ivory in the past so I am pretty sure it is Ivory. It has cross hatching on the little removable door but the rest of the piece is quite textured and hard to show the hatching. It also has quite a bit of weight. It stands about 6" tall and is glued to the wooden base (maybe glued by previous owner?) It has a small signature on the removable door. I was wondering if anyone could identify the maker or date? I think it is Japanese but it might be Chinese. It's so delicately carved and made I wonder if it is something special :) Thank you so much for your time in advance!

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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    if it's ivory , it's very special.............
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  3. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

    Wow! This is a very nice work at a very nice price!:woot:
    My vote is for Japanese:cyclops::)

    Welcome on Antiquers!
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  4. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

  5. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Welcome to Antiquers, @Molley Ourada . I don't have any information, but just wanted to say it's beautiful!
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  6. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Don't want to seem skeptical as you have experience handling ivories, but the siggie doesn't look carved, but more like it was molded?

    I just mean it doesn't seem to have any sharp edges the way a cut sig would have?
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  7. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    It's a shame you can't get the cross hatching to show.
    If this is an old piece, it sure is mighty white.

    Lovely all the same.
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  8. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    A beauty for $10.00, but agree with Blooey and Cluttered.
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  9. Molley Ourada

    Molley Ourada Member

    The edges are very sharp and even the little door is uneven one side is thicker than the other. I don't know what a siggie is? I googled the word but that did not help. Are you talking about the little hill? It looks rounded but they textured the hill with little stipple like marks. My light may have been to bright to see the sharpness. The leaves on the tree are nearly paper thin at the points.
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  10. Molley Ourada

    Molley Ourada Member

    I agree it is quite white/ cream colored but I think that might have to due with it always being covered by a dome? So really no handling or air maybe? Plus my light may have been to bright. Any other ivory I have if it was a heavily touched item like a utensil handle it is yellow-ish but brooches and jewelry tend to be whiter I assumed because it was less touched.
  11. Molley Ourada

    Molley Ourada Member

    Thank you :)
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  12. Molley Ourada

    Molley Ourada Member

    Thank you :) I am excited to be here and to have found such a nice group of people!
  13. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    A siggie is a signature. Believe this was in reference to the mark you showed.
  14. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    oops! been an antiquer too long I guess ....siggie, as @clutteredcloset49 says, is a signature ..:oops:
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    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

  16. i need help

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  17. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Based on color alone...I'd guess not ivory, unless it was carved not too much more long ago than when you bought it. It's so very white. Also if it were ivory I'd expect that large flat surface of the underside of the base to show the schrager lines.... can you show a picture of the underside?
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  18. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

  19. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    There are "lines" if some type in the circled area.Can't tell if it is carving lines or other,need in focus closeup of the area.

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  20. Molley Ourada

    Molley Ourada Member

    Haha okay Thank You! I will remember the siggie is signature!
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