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A SUPERB AND VERY RARE SILVER 'ANIMALS' BOWL
A SUPERB AND VERY RARE SILVER 'ANIMALS' BOWL
A SUPERB AND VERY RARE SILVER 'ANIMALS' BOWL
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A SUPERB AND VERY RARE SILVER 'ANIMALS' BOWL

TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907)

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A SUPERB AND VERY RARE SILVER 'ANIMALS' BOWL
TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907)
The bowl has gently rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim. The exterior is exquisitely decorated with a continuous design of symmetrically arranged bands of heart-shaped floral scrolls issuing curling tendrils, leaves and palmettes and interspersed with birds at the top, beneath a continuous meander of leafy stylized vine, all against a ring-punched ground. The central band of scrolls enclose various individual animals in different poses, including an elephant and a camel.
6 ¼ in. (16.5 cm.) diam.; weight 331 g
Provenance
Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953.
Sotheby’s London, Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork. Early Gold and Silver, 14 May 2008, lot 44.
Literature
Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, pp. 154-55, pl. 99.
Bo Gyllensvärd, 'T'ang Gold and Silver', Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1957, no. 29, figs. 19c, 63a, 78j, 78k.
Han Wei, Hai nei wai Tangdai jin yin qi cuibian [Tang gold and silver in Chinese and overseas collections], Xi'an, 1989, pl. 121.
Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 1999, p. 141, cat. no. 101.
Qi Dongfang, Tangdai jin yin qi yanjiu [Research on Tang Gold and Silver], Beijing, 1999, figs. 1-180 and 1-377.
Exhibited
Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution, Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, 1954-55, pp. 31-32, cat. no. 99.
New York, Asia House Gallery, Chinese Gold, Silver and Porcelain. The Kempe Collection, 1971, p. 78, cat. no. 45, an exhibition touring the United States and shown also at nine other museums.
On loan: Kansas City, Missouri, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, October 2009 - December 2017.

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