• 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 1294

    A GROUP OF GOLD HAIRPINS

    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

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    A GROUP OF GOLD HAIRPINS
    SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)
    All made of sheet gold wrapped into a tapering cylindrical pin, with repoussé relief decoration at the top below an attached flower-form cap: comprising a long pair relief-decorated with a pair of ducks in flight above a lotus pond below the chrysanthemum flower cap; the other long pin and the pair of shorter double pins with flower stems below the peony-form caps; together with the upper section of a double hairpin decorated with flowers
    2 3/8 to 6¾ in. (6 to 17 cm.) long
    Wt. 17.5, 16.8, 10.6, 8.1, 7.7 and 8.7 g. (6)


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    Compare the gold hairpins of this type also dated to the Song dynasty illustrated by Julia M. White and Emma C. Bunker, Adornment for Eternity: Status and Rank in Chinese Ornament, Denver Art Museum, 1994, pp. 183-4, nos. 95 and 96. See, also, a single similar example illustrated in Chinesisches Gold und Silber: Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Museum Reitberg, Zürich, 1994, p. 242, no. 292.

    A Technical Examination Report is available upon request.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1980s.