• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 25

    A GROUP OF EIGHT BRONZE FIGURAL FITTINGS, HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220) AND LATER

    Price Realised  

    A GROUP OF EIGHT BRONZE FIGURAL FITTINGS, HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220) AND LATER
    comprising an openwork plaque cast as two mirrored horses joined at the body; the second worked as a feline in a contorted position with midbody and hind legs bent over its head and forelegs; a feline head plaque, with incised details; a belthook cast in profile as a ram's head; a plaque with a feline in profile atop two attached rings; an ornament in the form of a standing ram; a further plaque cast as a grazing ram; and a pendant with a feline atop three rings -- The first, 2½in. (6.4cm.) wide. (8)


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    Provenance

    First and Fifth: William Mayer Collection. C.T. Loo, New York. Frank Caro, New York, 1960; Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh: Acquired prior to 1978; Eight: Dagny Carter Collection, USA, 1960.


    Literature

    First, Fifth, Seventh, Eight: Bunker, Emma C.; Kawami, Trudy S.; with Linduff, Katheryn M.; Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 1997; cat. no. 234b, cat. no. 115a, cat. no. F26, cat. no. F15a.
    Fourth: Carter, Dagny: The Symbol of the Beast, New York, 1957, plate 18, figure F.
    Eight: Carter, Dagny; China Magnificent. Five Thousand Years of Chinese Art. New York, 1935; p. 35.


    Exhibited

    First: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1987.