• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 31

    A RARE SILVER-EMBELLISHED LACQUERED SHELL

    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE SILVER-EMBELLISHED LACQUERED SHELL
    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
    The shell retaining some of the original lacquer ground on which was laid the silver sheet decoration cut out and engraved as a large parrot positioned below a lotus blossom and surrounded by smaller birds and clouds
    3½ in. (8.9 cm.) long, box


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    Compare the similar silver-embellished lacquered shell, and probably the mate to the present lot, illustrated by Lee Yu-kuan, Oriental Lacquer Art, New York/Tokyo, 1972, p. 70, no. 13.

    Provenance

    Sammy Y. Lee & Wangs Co., Hong Kong, 1973.