• 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 1296

    A PAIR OF GOLD FLAT 'CASH'-FORM APPLIQUES

    SONG/MING DYNASTY (10TH-17TH CENTURY)

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    A PAIR OF GOLD FLAT 'CASH'-FORM APPLIQUES
    SONG/MING DYNASTY (10TH-17TH CENTURY)
    Each of beaten gold sheet with a square aperture in the center, one side chased and divided into four quadrants by bands of cloud scroll alternately enclosing cranes and clouds reserved on a fine punched ground, with further cloud scroll in the outer border
    2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm.) diam., box
    Wt. 18.7 and 17.4 g. (2)


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    Two gold discs of this type chased with characters within the quadrants, dated to the Song dynasty, are illustrated in Chinesisches Gold und Silber: Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Reitberg Museum, Zürich, 1994, p. 226, nos. 264 and 265.

    A Technical Examination Report is available upon request.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1980s.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is not gold. It is electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. This is supported in the technical examination report.