Lot 2040A pair of gold and silver-inlaid bronze fittings, Late Warring States Period/Han dynasty, 3rd century BC-1st century AD; 5½ in. (9 cm.) highEstimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realized USD 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014. 

Each is of hexagonal form, and is inlaid in gold and silver sheet with a broad chevron band between gold interlaced scrolls on the spreading, hollow end and the baluster end, which is decorated on the flat top with a starburst motif, lucite stands, Japanese wood box.

ProvenanceMayuyama, Tokyo, Japan, acquired prior to 2000.

NoteA similar fitting is illustrated by J. Sewell in Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilyn Alsdorf, Chicago, 1970, no. B13; and two others from the Eastern Zhou dynasty are included in the exhibition, Inlaid bronze and related material from pre-Tang China, Eskenazi, London, June-July 1991, no. 17.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014