• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1036

    A LARGE SILVERY-BRONZE OCTALOBED MIRROR

    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE SILVERY-BRONZE OCTALOBED MIRROR
    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
    The central knob surrounded by a pair of phoenixes to the sides, a galloping horse above trailing grapevine from its mouth, and a parrot pecking at a cluster of grapes on a vine below, with opposing pairs of flower sprigs, clouds, lanterns and flower heads enclosing the characters qian and chiu in the lobes of the rim
    8 7/8 (22.5 cm.) across


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    The two characters on the rim qian chiu, may be translated as '1000 autumns' or 'forever'.

    Provenance

    Frank Caro, New York, 1966 or earlier.


    Exhibited

    Art of the T'ang Dynasty and its Antecedents, Columbia University, Low Memorial Library, March 1967, no. 22.