Exceptional Chinese carved red coral group


This truly magnificent sculpture, carved from richly coloured coral, depicts a Chinese dignitary in traditional garb escorted through a landscape by his attendants.


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This quality of this exceptional piece speaks for itself. The present carved red coral is an outstanding example of the craft, demonstrating the very best of early 20th Century Chinese craftsmanship.

The sculpture is composed of a single piece of orange-red coral, mounted on a shaped hardwood base. The coral has been carved to portray a Chinese dignitary being pulled in a handcart by an attendant while also being accompanied by two additional escorts. The style of the figures and their dress are stylistically retrospective, evoking the traditional Chinese imagery of past times. The group is traversing through a diminutive, abstracted landscape, with traditional buildings lining their route. The coral throughout is carved with Chinese characters and other motifs, while the piece appears to be signed in Chinese characters to the front centre. The coral is texturally rich, inviting a tactile response from the observer: the surface throughout is carved with swirls of water, scallop shells, and scrolling foliage, among a host of other delicate details.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Early 20th Century
Chinese Interest, Figurative Art
Coral, Wood
Brown, Orange, Red


38 cm / 15 inches
40 cm / 15.7 inches
20 cm / 7.9 inches


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