Large pair of Chinese ivory carved and inked figures, depicting an emperor and empress on pedestals. Each carved from a single curved tusk. The empress is depicted with a Ruyi scepter and elaborate headdress. The emperor is depicted with a ceremonial sword and stroking his beard. Both with seal mark to base reading "Made in the Era of Qianlong Emperor". Both fitted with carved conforming hardwood stands. Hardwood stands retain paper label reading "Ching, Ch'ien Lung. 1736 – 95. Wm. Bowyer Honey, Curator, V.A. Museum, London". Figures measure approx. 16 1/2" H, without stands and approx. 18" H with stands. Late 19th century. Provenance: Descended from the collection of Thomas and Pamela Woodley of Long Island, NY and FL. Mr. Woodley was an electrical engineer who traveled worldwide over a period of approximately 20 years. Areas of collecting interest included Asian and Far Eastern decorative items. The last two photos of this lot have Orlando Sentinel newspaper articles from the early 1960s featuring the Woodley collection. Note: THIS LOT CONTAINS ANIMAL OR PLANT MATERIAL THAT MAY BE RESTRICTED UNDER FEDERAL, STATE, AND/ OR LOCAL LAW. BIDDERS SHOULD CHECK ALL APPLICABLE GOVERNMENT WILDLIFE RESTRICTIONS PRIOR TO PLACING A BID. THE BUYER WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ANY NECESSARY LICENSE OR PERMITS APPLICABLE TO THE SALE OR TRANSPORT OF THE OBJECT. PLEASE NOTE THAT BIDDERS IN NEW JERSEY MAY NOT BID ON ANY LOTS CONTAINING ELEPHANT IVORY, MAMMOTH IVORY, OR RHINOCEROS HORN. CONDITION: Both overall very good condition. Mounting residue present on female figure where mounted to hardwood stand.
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