• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

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

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1282

    A VERY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD TUBULAR FITTING

    WESTERN HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 8)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A VERY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD TUBULAR FITTING
    WESTERN HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 8)
    Probably from Shandong province, the heavily cast fitting encircled by five ribs with narrow raised borders and inlaid around the sides with turquoise chips, those at the ends and in the middle of triangular shape and those between in the shape of small cabochons, with traces of cinnabar on the interior
    4½ in. (11.5 cm.) long
    Wt. 106.8 g.


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    No other gold fitting of this type appears to have been published. Based on the shape it might have been part of a handle. The use of gold and turquoise inlay, as well as the simple, elegant shape, appear to relate it to gold pieces of this date from Northern China.

    Technical Examination Report is available upon request.

    Provenance

    Alice Boney, Japan, 1960s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    CHINESE GOLD FROM THE ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH COLLECTION (LOTS 1282-1298)