A statue of chinese lady holding a scepter

Sep 16, 2021. 23:36 UTC
A statue of Chinese lady holding a scepter
Saudi Arabia

Chinese antiques

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A statue of a Chinese lady holding a scepter, the statue is made of bronze, and it has a red wax stamp inside the bottom of the statue. Statue measurements: Hight 49cm Base width 10cm Shoulders width 12cm



Answered within about 17 hours
Sep 17, 16:58 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$400 - $600 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$600 USD
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Hi Mohammad,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An antique Chinese bone, hardstone, cloisonné enameled bronze figure of a lady
19th Century
The hollow-cast bronze standing figure with carved bone face and hands wearing a headdress with hardstone jewels and holding a scepter with hardstone finial, wearing robes in cloisonne enamel. Interior with a red wax import seal.
height 59 cm (19 1/4 inches); Base width 10cm (4 inches) Shoulders width 12cm (4 3/4 inches)
CONDITION: crackelure to face and hands other wise in good condition commensurate to age.
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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Mohammad ibrahim Sep 18, 13:56 UTC

Hi Delia, to be honest, I am not really sure whether the face is made of bone or ivory, maybe if you zoom at the face, you will have an idea but it seems like ivory, thank you

Delia Sep 18, 16:41 UTC

Thanks, Mohammad. It is often very hard to tell ivory from bone but because there are so many restrictions now about selling ivory, I've called it bone just to be on the safe side. There are tests you can have done to ascertain which one it is but they are all somewhat invasive.

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