19 - 20 September 2013
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRONZE FITTING
LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD, 4TH-3RD CENTURY BC
Of slender, tapering, hexagonal form, the faceted sides are inlaid in silver with a broad central band of chevron pattern between a band of zoomorphic scroll in gold above and interlocking angular scrolls below bordered by a scalloped band enclosing small circles and scrolls. The flat top is inlaid with a tiny gold flower head.
3½ in. (9 cm.) high
Eskenazi, London, no. C695.
By descent from the Reach Family Collection.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Eskenazi, London, Inlaid Bronze and Related Material from pre-Tang China, 11 June - 5 July 1991, no. 18.
A very similar finial was sold at Christie's New York, 2 December 1993, lot 186. See, also, a related finial of this type, illustrated by J. Sewell, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilyn Alsdorf, Chicago, 1970, no. B13.
How to get clued up on everything from reign marks to firing flaws, palettes, glazes and the different kilns
Christie’s most ambitious offering of Western art to date adds to strong performance in 18 sales across six days
As well as keeping the bed cool, ancient Chinese ceramic pillows made for auspicious gifts and warded off evil spirits
As Chinese Ceramics specialist Joan Ho explains, when it comes to porcelain, not all blues are the same
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale totals £128,081,750, with works by Picasso and a record-breaking Franz Marc painting also achieving top prices
Alastair Smart profiles the life and work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist described by Burne-Jones as ‘the best of us all’ — illustrated with works offered in July