London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A SASSANIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER DECORATED BOAT-SHAPED DISH
CIRCA 6TH CENTURY A.D.
Of elongated lobed form, the underside decorated in relief with figures of a cavorting nude dancing girl at each end wearing necklace, bracelets and anklets, with a flowing veil behind, the lobed sides with a pair of confronting birds between a plant, one pair holding a ring between their beaks, the other pair a sprig of two cherries, scrolling vines below and leaping foxes in the corners
13¼ in. (33.7 cm.) long
Sold Christie's London, 16 July 1975, lot 40.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Exhibition of Eastern Art, celebrating the opening of the Gallery of Eastern Antiquities, Tokyo National Museum, 1968.
Catalogue: Exhibition of Eastern Art, Tokyo, 1968, p. 34, 81-82.
Cf. Sassanian Silver, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1967, p. 107, no. 20; and Hofkunst van de Sassanieden, Brussels, 1993, p. 233, no. 84 for the form.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium.
Four decades on from the founding of Alpina Wine, Germany’s pre-eminent wine merchant, Christie’s offers 675 lots from its distinguished cellars
As this superb Annunciation comes to auction on 29 October in New York, we talk to the curator of a new UK exhibition of the 16th-century Antwerp painter