Lot 730. A parcel-gilt silver hexalobed cup stand, China, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty (1127-1368). Stand 6 7/8 in. (17.6 cm.) diameter; cup 4 1/16 in. (10.4 cm.) diameter, 256 g. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 43,750 © Christie's Images Ltd 2015.
Shaped as a shallow dish divided into six petal lobes, the flat rim chased with a band of foliate meander on a ring-punched ground repeated on the conforming, pedestal foot, the top of the central platform decorated with a scene of a scholar seated beside a wine jar, all highlighted in gilding; together with a parcel-gilt silver cup of similar shape, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, the center chased with two circling catfish.
Christie's. The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part IV - Chinese Works of Art: Metalwork, Sculpture and Early Ceramics, New York, 20 March 2015