• 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 1284

    A PAIR OF GOLD FOIL-DECORATED BRONZE FITTINGS

    WARRING STATES PERIOD, 4TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF GOLD FOIL-DECORATED BRONZE FITTINGS
    WARRING STATES PERIOD, 4TH CENTURY BC
    Each a loop cast on top in high relief with the granulated snake-like bodies of entwined dragons, with a rectangular loop below and an oblong opening in front from which rises a short post cast on top in the shape of a taotie mask overlaid with thin gold sheet pressed over the taotie mask to form the hook, with extensive green encrustation
    1¾ in. (4.5 cm.) across
    Wt. 69.0 and 68.4 g. (2)


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    The gold masks are stylistically similar to those seen on circular bronze fittings such as the example from the Ellsworth Collection, lot 1290; the example illustrated in Chinesisches Gold und Silber: Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Museum Reitberg, Zürich, 1994, p. 74, no. 12; and one illustrated by B. Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, pp. 64-5, no. 3.

    A Technical Examination Report is available upon request.

    Provenance

    Alice Boney, New York, 1953.