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Lot 83: An intricately carved and reticulated tortoiseshell cricket cage Qing dynasty (3)
October 25, 2016
Woollahra, AustraliaLive Auction
An intricately carved and reticulated tortoiseshell cricket cage Qing dynasty
the cylindrical container finely carved and pierced with numerous butterflies fluttering above a densely entwined gourd vine bearing profuse fruit and foliage, the trembling butterflies carved free from the vine, with key fret borders at both ends and fitted with tortoiseshell plugs
24.6 cm long