• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 16

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

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    A GROUP OF EIGHT BRONZE RECTANGULAR FITTINGS, HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220) AND LATER
    all similarly cast in openwork within a thin frame, comprising three plaques with three horses in profile; three decorated with stags; one with four felines in alternate profile; and a further plaque with a serpent with the head entwining its body into a figure-eight -- The largest, 2 5/8in. (6.8cm.) high. (8)


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    Provenance

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


    Literature

    First, Fifth,Seventh and Eighth: 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. 132.1, 133, F8 and 227.
    First, Second, Sixth, Seventh: Samolin, William; Drew, Isabella M.; Eurasian Animal Style Plaques I., Monumenta Serica XXIV, 1965; pl. 14A, 14B, possibly 15D; and 16A.
    Fifth: Carter, Dagny; Four Thousand Years of China's Art, New York, 1948; p. 100.
    Carter, Dagny; The Symbol of the Beast, New York, 1957; p. 98, pl. 22a.