• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

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

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 235

    A RARE GUANGZHOU TRIBUTE SILVER WIRE-INLAID ZITAN HAND MIRROR WITH PAINTED ENAMEL BACK

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE GUANGZHOU TRIBUTE SILVER WIRE-INLAID ZITAN HAND MIRROR WITH PAINTED ENAMEL BACK
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The tip of the handle finely carved as a ruyi head and the upper part with leaf tips below a beaded border at the base of a lotus leaf in which is 'nestled' the oval mirror frame inlaid in fine silver wire with archaistic dragon scroll, the back inset with a painted enamel plaque depicting 'antiques' reserved on a pale turquoise diaper ground
    13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) long


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    See a similar hand mirror, although with enamel frame and handle, dated to the Daoguang or Xianfeng periods, in the collection of the Palace Museum, illustrated in Tributes From Guangdong to the Qing Court, Hong Kong, 1987, p. 86, no. 50.

    Provenance

    Acquired in South Africa in the 1960s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN