22 janvier 2019

Four Chinese bronze mirrors sold at Lempertz, 8 december 2018

A round bronze mirror, Warring States period-early Western Han dynasty, circa 3rd century B

Lot 744. A round bronze mirror, Warring States period-early Western Han dynasty, circa 3rd century B.C.; Diameter 18.6 cm. Estimated price €2.000 - €3.000. Result: €3.750. © Lempertz.

Thinly cast, the central small knob encircled by bands and four petals, the main field with four running dragons on a ground of spirals and granulation, the rim with twelve arcs. Spotty green ang brown patina.

Possibly from the Luoyang area, Henan province.

Provenance: Private collection, Belgium.

LiteratureCompare: Ancient Bronze Mirrors from the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai 2005, p. 98-99.

A round bronze mirror of LTV- type, Han dynasty

Lot 745. A round bronze mirror of LTV- type, Han dynasty. Diameter 18 cm. Estimated price €1.500 - €2.000. Result: €1.250© Lempertz.

The central knob surrounded by petals within a square with nipples alternating with characters representing the zodiac animals, surrounded by birds, mythological animals, nipples and LTV motifs and a band with an inscription referring to the four cardinal points, at the rim sawtooth patterns. Greyish green patina, the reverse with a blackish shiny patina.

Provenance: Private collection, Belgium.

Literature: Compare: Bronze Mirrors from Ancient China, Donald H. Graham Jr. Collection, Hong Kong 1994, p. 140/141; Ancient Bronze Mirrors from the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai 2005, p. 154-155; Catalogue of Special Exhibition of Bronze Mirrors in the National Palace Museum, Taipei 1986, plate 43.

A bronze tantric mirror, Ming dynasty or later

Lot 747. A bronze tantric mirror, Ming dynasty or later. Diameter 9.1 cmEstimated price €500 - €700. Result: €625© Lempertz.

Displaying in relief the back view of the figure of a thousand-armed Guanyin seated on a double lotus, surrounded by a mantra in Chinese characters on one side and in Mandchu script on the other.

Literature: This well-known type of mirror can be found in several collections, for example in the Palace Museum Beijing, illustrated in: Guo Yuhao, Gugong cang jing (Mirrors in the Gugong Collection), Beijing 1996, no. 176 and He Lin, Gugong shou cang. Tong jing (The Gugong Collection: Copper Mirrors), Beijing 2007, no. 146; in the National Museum of History in Taipei, illustrated in: Ancient Chinese Bronzes, National Museum of History, Taipei, no. 92; in the Lüshun Museum in Beijing, illustrated in: Lüshun Bowuguan cang tong jing, Beijing 1997, no. 204 and 205; in the Musée de Hanoi, illustrated in: Publications de l'école francaise d'Extrême-Orient, Vol. XLVI, p. 57, no. 6.598, plate LXII and in other publications: M. Rupert and O. J. Todd, Chinese Bronze Mirrors, Peiping 1935, no. 405; Hebei Sheng Wenwu Yanjiu suo, Lidai tong ying wenshi (Decorations on Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors), Shijianzhuang 1996, no. 421; Tong jing shoucang shiyong jiexi (Collecting Bronze Mirrors), Beijing 2007, p. 147, and Di Xiu bin und Li Zhiqiang, ... Beijing 2013, p. 236, no. 71.

A bronze mirror, Late 14th century

Lot 753. A bronze mirror, Late 14th century. Diameter 10,8 cm. Estimated price €300 - €400. Result: €3.750© Lempertz.

In relief a winding dragon and clouds on a wave pattern background with a cartouche containing the inscription "made on a day in the fifth month of the twenty-second year of Hongwu" (=1390). Shiny black lacquer patina. On the reverse the number 504.XV in black ink and a paper label with a description and the collector's number 20.

ProvenanceCollection J. J. Wilgaard, Apenrade, sold at J. M. Heberle (H. Lempertz' Söhne), Cologne, 16.-19.12.1901, lot 504

Collection Franz Xaver Bachem (1857-1936), Cologne, acquired at the above auction, documented 19.12.1901 

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LiteratureIllustrated in: Bachem 1933, plate 75. This is a well-known mirror type and many such examples habe been published, see for example R. Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London 1990, p. 100.

Lempertz. Asiatische Kunst, 08.12.2018, 13:00, Köln


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