14 December 2000
A STEEL MASTERPIECE KEY
French, late 16th Century style
The pierced handle with two addorsed grotesque beasts flanking a central winged female figure above a horned mask, all over a corinthian capital, the vase-shaped finial possibly later
6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) long
As lot 1.
Rothschild inv. no(s). not known.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium.
Specialist Sarah Reynolds highlights the sumptuous work of the Pre-Raphaelites’ second and third generations
Specialist Camille de Foresta explains how these two large beasts were made some 1,000 years ago to accompany their Chinese owner into the afterlife