26 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 12,500
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
A RARE MINIATURE SILVER BOX AND COVER
TANG/SONG DYNASTY, 9TH-12TH CENTURY
The cover chased with a serpent coiled around a tortoise (The Dark Warrior), each with head turned to face the other, reserved on a crosshatch ground and within a single line border encircled by leafy scroll and a dogtooth pattern at the edge, above a further band of leafy scroll on the side repeated on the sides of the box, the base chased with a stylized flower head
1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) diam.
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Carl Kempe Collection.
B. Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, no. 135.
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