Lot 10. A Chinese gold-inlaid bronze sword, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 15 3/8 in. (39 cm.) long. Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000. Price realised GBP 7,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
Cast with beveled edges and a distinct median ridge, the diamond-shaped guard and the circular pommel each decorated with gold-inlaid scroll motifs, the bronze with extensive malachite-green encrustation.
Provenance: Paula Heuser Antiquitäten, Hamburg, Germany, 29 July 1933, where acquired by Hermann Rosenfeld.
Acquired by the current owner from the heirs of Mr. Hermann Rosenfeld, circa 1990s.
Christie's. A South American Private Collection, London, 5 December 2019