6 November 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,875
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500
A SILVER INLAID BRONZE LANCE SHAFT FINIAL, KO, WARRING STATES (475-221BC)
the lower section of flattened hexagonal form tapering to a waisted mid-section, terminating at a rounded knop, the upper section hollow with twin drill holes, above a raised band of twisted rope motif, the body decorated with wide scrolling silver inlay, the remains of a lacquered wood shaft sits within the finial -- the finial, 4 3/8in. (11.2cm.), wood stand.
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For a shaft finial of a similar form, see: S. Howard Hansford, The Seligman Collection of Oriental Art, Vol 1, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1957, p. 63, no. A.38, pl. XXII.
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Plesch collection (Bw 11A); acquired from Sotheby's, London, 26th July 1966, Lot 1.