11 août 2019

A silvery bronze 'Animal and Grapevine' mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907)

A silvery bronze 'Animal and Grapevine' mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1277. A silvery bronze 'Animal and Grapevine' mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907); 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 60,000 at Christie's New York, 26 March 2010, lot 1277. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

Crisply cast in relief with a central knob surrounded by five large beasts frolicking amidst a fruit-laden grape vine, within a narrow raised border and an outer field which contains a lengthy inscription beneath a sawtooth band, the reverse plain, with silvery surface and some green and ferrous encrustation, box.

Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong circa 1991.

NoteAn identical mirror bearing the same inscription is in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Catalogue of Special Exhibition of Bronze Mirrors in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1986, p. 150, pl. 73.

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. 26 March 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza


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