• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

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

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 301

    A SMALL TURQUOISE-INLAID GILT-BRONZE BEAR-FORM FITTING

    HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)

    Price Realised  

    A SMALL TURQUOISE-INLAID GILT-BRONZE BEAR-FORM FITTING
    HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)
    Hollow cast in a seated position with fore paws resting on the knees and jaws open in a roar, with fine incised hair markings overall and bits of turquoise inlaid in the eyes, ears and in a fairly symmetrical manner on other parts of the body, with a D-shaped opening in the top of the head and a circular opening in the base
    2¾ in. (7 cm.) high, Japanese wood box, wood stand


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    Small hollow gilt-bronze bear-form fittings of this type are thought to have held the wood or lacquer legs of vessels or furniture. For a pair of similar turquoise-inlaid bears see, d'Argencé, Chinese Treasures from the Avery Brundage Collection, The Asia Society, New York, 1968, pp. 44-5, no. 30.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Asia prior to 1980.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN