c1880 Chinese Carved Ivory Butterfly & Peony pinkeep
This lovely and very detailed late 19th century carved natural ivory pinkeep is shaped like a butterfly, with the original green silk cushion. The butterfly is carved on two separate pieces of ivory, one on each side of the cushion and the ivory is quite thick and sturdy. It’s in excellent original condition with a small chip missing from one wingtip but no other breaks, splits or damage. The carving is crisp and very well executed.
The butterfly measures about 2-1/2″ wide by 1-3/8″ high. It’s about 5/8″ thick and still has some old pins! This style was produced in Canton, China for export to England and the Western markets.