Lot 1132. A turquoise-inlaid and silver-decorated gilt-bronze openwork garment hook, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC; 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) longEstimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 21,250© Christie's Images Ltd 2013

Cast in openwork at one end with the head of a dragon or canine, its long ears grasped in the forefeet of a creature with short beak and long ears that stretch back to the turquoise-inlaid, feather-patterned wings of an owl in the center, its foreclaws grasping the ears of another animal mask. The other end terminates in a small animal head hook. A circular button is on the underside.

Provenance: Yamanaka & Co., Inc., New York, 1943.
Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.
The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1962.

LiteratureCollection of Chinese and Other Far Eastern Art, Yamanaka & Co., Inc., New York, 1943, no. 145.
The Raymond A. Bidwell Collection of Chinese Bronzes and Ceramics, Fine Arts Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1965, pp. 60-61.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of ArtNew York21 - 22 March 2013