• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

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

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1297

    A PAIR OF GOLD EARRINGS

    MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GOLD EARRINGS
    MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
    Each made from a thin piece of sheet gold partially chased with a design of a boy flanked by melons seated on a stippled ground between flowers, the chased section wrapped around to form the bottom of the earring and the remainder of the sheet crimped and rolled to form the slender arched hook
    1½ in. (3.8 cm.) long
    Wt. 2.9 and 2.9 g. (2)


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    Another similarly constructed gold earring of Ming date also chased with a boy, but surrounded by flowers rather than melons, is illustrated by Julia M. White and Emma C. Bunker, Adornment for Eternity: Status and Rank in Chinese Ornament, Denver Art Museum, 1994, p. 195, no. 108.
    A Technical Examination Report is available upon request.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1980s.