15 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 30,000
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
A RARE GUANGZHOU TRIBUTE SILVER WIRE-INLAID ZITAN HAND MIRROR WITH PAINTED ENAMEL BACK
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.
Acquired in South Africa in the 1960s.
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN