• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 156

    TWO BRONZE MIRRORS, TANG DYNASTY (618-906) AND HONGWU PERIOD (1368-1398)

    Price Realised  

    TWO BRONZE MIRRORS, TANG DYNASTY (618-906) AND HONGWU PERIOD (1368-1398)
    comprising a Tang Dynasty mirror of silvery bronze, with foliate form, decorated in relief with twin birds to the centre, flanking the central knop and holding the stem of a flowering blossom in their beaks, surrounded by a band of insects and flowers, stand; and a circular mirror, a raised panel to the body reading 'made on a day in the fifth month of the twenty-second year of Hongwu' equivalent to 1390, with a curling dragon in flight amongst cloud scrolls, stand -- Tang mirror, 5¼in. (13.3cm.) diam. (2)


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    Bf11b, for a piece of the same design, see Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990, p.100, pl.85. Rose Kerr also notes that a number of similar mirrors are recorded, two in the Palace Museum in Taiwan, one of them illustrated in Qianlong's catalogue of Palace bronzes Xi Qing gu jian.

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    Provenance

    Plesch collection; acquired from Eddie Chow, Hong Kong, April 1964 (Bf 13A, Bf 11B).