• 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 23

    THREE BRONZE ORDOS OPENWORK RECTANGULAR PLAQUES

    2ND CENTURY BC-2ND CENTURY AD, NORTHERN CHINA AND SOUTHERN SIBERIA

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    THREE BRONZE ORDOS OPENWORK RECTANGULAR PLAQUES
    2ND CENTURY BC-2ND CENTURY AD, NORTHERN CHINA AND SOUTHERN SIBERIA
    The largest well cast in relief with two battling stallions surrounded by leaves with sunken centers and a border of sunken, waisted rectangles, with rich brown patina; one cast as two recumbent birds, possibly swans, with long beaks, legs and long entwined necks, with sunken divided rectangles forming the border; the third cast in relief with two confronted stags standing amidst stylized vegetation, with mottled grey and green patina
    5 3/8, 4¼ and 2 7/8 in. (13.7, 10.9 and 7.5 cm.) long (3)


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    Provenance

    First two: Willam Mayer Collection.
    C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1960.
    Third: Dagny Carter Collection, 1960.


    Literature

    First and second: W. Samolin and I.M. Drew, "Eurasian Animal Style Plaques I", Monumenta Serica XXIV, 1965, pl. 6:C and pp. 12-3; and pl. 8:B and pp. 182-3, respectively.
    Third: D. Carter, The Symbol of the Beast, New York, 1957, p. 98, pl. 22e.
    All: E.C. Bunker et al., Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1997, pp. 261-2, no. 224; p. 272, no. 239; and p. 280, no. 248, respectively.


    Exhibited

    First and second: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 31 December 1996 - 31 December 1999.