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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 335

    A RARE WEIGHTED SILVER DRAGON SEAL

    QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)

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    A RARE WEIGHTED SILVER DRAGON SEAL
    QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)
    Made with a silver casing over an extremely heavy core, the top worked in high, crisp relief with a central five-clawed full-face dragon with antler-like horns leaping amidst dense clouds as it coils its body around a flaming pearl while grasping two pearls triumphantly in its two fore claws, with ruyi-headed ribbons wrapped around the scaly body, all above pairs of smaller dragons contesting further flaming pearls on the sides, each facet of the lower body engraved with a further dragon clutching flaming pearls amidst clouds, the eyes of the primary dragon and of some of the other dragons highlighted in gilding, the base with a six-character seal, Kangxi yulan zhibao (Imperially perused by the Kangxi Emperor)
    4½ in. (11.5 cm.) square, cloth bag


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    Silver dragon seals appear to be very rare. A smaller imperial silver seal with turquoise and coral inlays, dated to the Yongzheng period, was sold at Sotheby's, New York, 8 November 1980, lot 67, upon which, as with the present example there was a primary full-face dragon on top and pairs of dragons on the sides pursuing flaming pearls amidst clouds.

    Provenance

    Japanese Private collection.