Lot 1279. A rare miniature silver box and cover, Tang-Song dynasty, 9th-12th century; 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,0000. Price realised USD 12,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
The cover chased with a serpent coiled around a tortoise (The Dark Warrior), each with head turned to face the other, reserved on a crosshatch ground and within a single line border encircled by leafy scroll and a dogtooth pattern at the edge, above a further band of leafy scroll on the side repeated on the sides of the box, the base chased with a stylized flower head.
Provenance: Carl Kempe Collection.
Literature: B. Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold & Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, no. 135.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza