Subject:Re: Framed Ivory Carving - Part 2
Posted By: Sat, Jun 16, 2012 IP: 22.214.171.124
The seal may be read down and to the left from the upper right corner as 'Hu Shan Yin (┤˛┤˛ŽL [Big5 encoding] - 'Seal of the Mountain Lake' or perhaps 'Seal of Hunan [Province] Mountains'). The marking most likely is meant only to be a part of the decoration and not an artist or studio name.
This type of decorative picture may have been made in China from circa 1925 through the period immediately following World War II. The material used for the floral appliques probably is a molded resin containing bone powder and meant to simulate ivory. You might be able to fiind recently sold or currently priced examples on websites like eBay, trocadero.com and rubylane.com. My guesstimate would be US$100-150 for yours, which appears to be in good condition.