A bronze 'erotica' mirror, Song dynasty (960-1279)

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Lot 3671. A bronze 'erotica' mirror, Song dynasty (960-1279)9.7 by 9.7 cmLot sold 88,200 HKD (Estimate : 70,000 - 90,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022

Property from the Bertholet Collection.

Literature: Ferry M. Bertholet, Concubines and Courtesans: Women in Chinese Erotic Art, Brussels, 2010, pl. 65.

ExhibitedThe Chinese Pleasure Garden: Erotic Art from the Bertholet Collection, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, 2011.

Gardens of Pleasure: Sex in Ancient China. An Exhibition of the Ferdinand M. Bertholet Collection, Hong Kong, 2014, fig. 13.

Note: See a similar mirror included in the exhibition Behind the Chinese Mirror: The Art of the Mirrorsmith in Pre-Ming China, Priestley & Ferraro Chinese Art, London, 2003, cat. no. 12, where the author states that this type of minimalistic design came into fashion after the fall of the Tang dynasty.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art including Jades from the De An Tang Collection and Gardens of Pleasure – Erotic Art from the Bertholet Collection, Hong Kong, 29 April 2022