• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 189

    A PAIR OF POTTERY BUDDHISTIC LION HEADS, EARLY 15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A PAIR OF POTTERY BUDDHISTIC LION HEADS, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
    each glazed in green and yellow, one with an handwritten note reading: 'Brick ornament taken off the Porcelain Tower at Nankin, 1842', both mounted on a velvet covered wood stand; an unglazed pottery figure of a lady wearing long robes, Tang Dynasty (618-907); five unglazed miniature pottery figures of attendants, Tang Dynasty (618-907) -- the highest, 9in. (23cm.) high; and a grey pottery Li tripod vessel, possibly Shang Dynasty (1600-1100BC). (9)


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    The pair of lion heads (Cs10p) was exhibited by the Oriental Ceramic Society, The World in Colours, An exhibition of ceramics with coloured decoration dating from 700 to 1920 belonging to members of the Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 25th April - 24th June 2006, p. 21, no. 23 a&b.

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    Provenance

    Plesch collection; acquired from Douglas MacMittan Home Sale, Keele, 21st March 1974 (Cs 10p); acquired by the father of the present owner in 1920s and then inherited in 1957 (Cs 23); acquired from Sotheby's, London, 27th July 1965, Lot 77 (Cs 7/5); from Clayton, London, 2nd June 1972 (Cv 16).