Lot 1255. Two bronze circular mirrors, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8); 7½ and 6 5/8 in. (19 and 16.8 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 35,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.
The larger well cast with triple fluted knob surrounded by a patterned ground repeated in the outer field as the ground for three dragons with large heads and interlocking scrolling bodies; the other with a large knob encircled by nine nipples separating characters of an inscription, within decorative borders, the outer field with seven nipples separating various animals and birds as well as a Daoist immortal, within further decorative borders.
Property of The Harvard Art Museums, sold to benefit the Asian acquisitions fund.
Provenance: Acquired prior to 2000.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011