Rare Carved Ivory Buddhist Lion Seal, 19th Century
The finial depicting an adult and cub playing with brocade balls
2.6" x 1.4" x 1.4" — 6.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm.
Purchased in London during the 1960’s by the 3rd Viscount Bearsted, whose family (Samuel) founded Shell Transport and Trading Company and bequeathed upon his death in 1986. Thence by descent to the current Calgary owners.
Founded in 1897, Shell Transport and Trading Company merged with the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company in 1907 to form the Royal Dutch Shell Group, now the fifth-largest operating business in the world.
Department: Asian Art