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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 617

    TWO GILT-COPPER ALTAR ORNAMENTS

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    TWO GILT-COPPER ALTAR ORNAMENTS
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Each surmounted by one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems, dharmacakra, 'the Wheel of the Law', inlaid with hardstone cabochons and supported on scrolling leaves rising from a lotus blossom raised on a knopped stem and four foliate brackets rising from a stepped base with shaped apron and ruyi-head supports, with chased and incised details
    11½ in. (29 cm.) high


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    Compare with an identical gilt-copper Wheel of Law emblem in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in A Special Exhibition of Buddhist Gilt Votive Objects, Taipei, 1995, no. 10 (fig. 1). Compare, also, another Wheel of Law altar ornament with mother-of-pearl inlaid central wheel included in the same exhibition, no. 11.

    Provenance

    Acquired in New York in the 1920s-50s, thence by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN