Ivory Oval Frame

Antique Chinese Ivory Oval Picture Frame | Meiji era

Age:1880 -1900

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 3-0”h x 2-3/8”w x 1/4”d

Offered is an ovoid frame and made from deeply carved old ivory. It depicting a continuous scene of two dragons amongst elaborate intertwining floral designs in relief around the frame with a plain oval cartouche on the top and an un-ornamented inner band. The dragon has inlaid eyes. t has a thin ivory back and brass keepers with intricately shaped ivory easel back, with hinges with operable hinges. 

Condition: Remarkably good and gentle wear, "as is" with no restoration. It has two hairline cracks on the inner circle and frame that does not interfere with the stability or integrity/functionality of the frame itself. The frame has one missing brass keeper and a missing finial.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTA special Thanks to preservation efforts, animals and endangered materials (e.g. ivory and rare woods) are conservatively used today, if not banned altogether. However, we recognize that these materials have been important since ancient times for making a wide range of functional and decorative items. We only feature antique ivory and rare tree species because, while we support conservation, we truly feel that the experience and appreciation of historic artifacts should also be preserved.