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

Lot 1154. A small silvery bronze 'Lion and Grapevine' mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907); 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) diamEstimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price Realised USD 15,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013

The back is cast in high relief in the center with a crouching animal-form loop surrounded by four bushy-tailed animals frolicking between birds amidst fruiting grapevine that continues over the raised border into the outer field in which birds and insects are shown in flight below a band of small clouds on the rim

Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.
The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1962.

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 21 - 22 March 2013, New York, Rockefeller Plaza