Lot 1278. An unusual silvery bronze square mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907); 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm.) square. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 16,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
Cast with a central, concave circular panel reserved on a field of stylized florets interspersed with four characters cast in relief and recumbent animals at each corner, the reverse plain, with some malachite and ferrous encrustation, box.
Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong circa 1991.
Note: A very similar, though slightly smaller (9.8 cm.), square mirror, also dated to the Tang dynasty, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bronze Articles for Daily Use, Hong Kong, 2006, p. 192, no. 169.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. 26 March 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza