19 - 20 September 2013,
Price realised USD 7,500
USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A GROUP OF EIGHT KINGFISHER FEATHER-EMBELLISHED HAIR ORNAMENTS
Comprising five hairpins; three are inset with an amber plaque, one is decorated with a spring-wired double cash motif and a bat, and the smallest is of flower form. There is a curved ornament decorated with a central flower flanked by insects, and there are two small flower-form ornaments, one set with a rose quartz cabochon, the other with a mother-of-pearl flower. All are mounted on a fabric-covered backing within a lucite box.
Box 12½ x 13½ in. (32 x 34.3 cm.)
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By repute, Princess Der Ling (1885-1944) Collection.
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