A RARE LARGE BRONZE DEER-FORM SUPPORT
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A RARE LARGE BRONZE DEER-FORM SUPPORT

MING-EARLY QING DYNASTY, 15TH-18TH CENTURY

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A RARE LARGE BRONZE DEER-FORM SUPPORT
MING-EARLY QING DYNASTY, 15TH-18TH CENTURY
The striding stag is caparisoned in a halter, bell and tassel-hung breast collar, strap-hung crouper centered by a 'fire pearl', stirrups, and a fringed blanket surmounted by a cloth-draped urn with cylindrical center that opens into the hollow center of the stag's body. The bronze has a pale grey and milky-green patina.
31 in. (79 cm.) long
Provenance
Private collection, Chicago, since the 1980s.

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Lot Essay

Similar trappings can be seen on a small bronze horse dating to the Yuan-early Ming dynasty, 13th-15th century, sold at Christie’s New York, 18-19 September 2014, lot 1020, as well as on a Ming-dynasty gilt-bronze figure of a horse supporting a figure Guanyin, offered at Sotheby’s New York, 21-22 September 2005, lot 237. See, also, the 17th-18th century cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze incense burner in the figure of a deer with similar trappings sold at Sotheby’s New York, 20 March 2007, lot 551.

The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. N114m80 is consistent with the dating of this lot.
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