• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 8

    A GROUP OF FIVE BRONZE FIGURAL FITTINGS

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GROUP OF FIVE BRONZE FIGURAL FITTINGS
    comprising a plaque cast as a tiger eating a ram, with another two rams underfoot; a circular belthook with two dragon heads atop scrolling clouds; a belt buckle and clasp, the wider section cast with two guei dragons forming the clasp, the buckle with a further dragon head, all amongst floral design; a plaque in the form of a wolf eating a deer; and a further plaque cast as a wolf eating an ibex, with a snake underfoot -- The largest, 4 1/8in. (10.5cm.) wide. (5)


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    Provenance

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


    Literature

    First: Carter, Dagny, China Magnificent: Five Thousand Years of Chinese Art, New York, 1935, p. 33.
    First, Fourth and Fifth: 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. 144.1, 203, 202.
    Fourth: J.G. Andersson, "Selected Ordos Bronzes," Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 5, 1933, pl. VIII:3. Samolin, William; Drew, Isabella, M.; Eurasian Animal Style Plaques I. Monumenta Serica XXIV, 1965; pl. 4:A.
    Zheng Shaozang; Luelun Zhongguo Beibu Changcheng Didai Faxian de Dongwu win Qingtong Shipai. Wenwu chunqiu, 1991; p. 9, no. 33.
    Fifth: Carter, Dagny: Four Thousand Years of China's Art, New York, 1948; p. 101a.


    Exhibited

    Fifth: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1987.