A PAIR OF LARGE CHINESE GILT-BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL BUDDHIST LIONS
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A PAIR OF LARGE CHINESE GILT-BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL BUDDHIST LIONS

CIRCA 1900

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A PAIR OF LARGE CHINESE GILT-BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL BUDDHIST LIONS
CIRCA 1900
Each decorated with polychrome archaistic dragon scrolls against a turquoise-blue ground, one with a paw placed protectively on its cub, the other on a brocade ball, each seated on a plinth with diaper-pattern cloth set diagonally above a rectangular base on red-stained pine stands
30 ¼ in. (77 cm.) high; 16 in. (40.5 cm.) wide; 25 ½ in. (65 cm.) deep, the lions
35 ½ in. (90 cm.) high, overall
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Lot Essay


Foo dogs, also known as Imperial guardian lions or Shishi, are traditionally thought to protect a building from harmful spirits and people that might be a treat. A similar pair of cloisonné example of the same date sold Christie’s, London, 14 November 2018, lot 641 (£45,000).
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