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Lot 87. A fine and rare gilt-bronze engraved wine cup, Tang dynasty (618-907). 7.3 cm, 2 7/8 in. Lot sold: 44,100 EUR (Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 EUR). © Sotheby's 2022

of small size, the bowl with horizontal groove just below the slightly everted lip, finely engraved in three zones with birds in flight and perched amidst scrolling, flowering plants, above a short 'canopy' engraved with dentate ornament, supported on a spherical-knopped stem and conical foot, the latter engraved with floral meander on a granulated ground matching the body.

Property from a European private collection.

Provenance: Collection of Joseph Homberg; Sotheby’s, London, 19th July 1949, lot 85; Sotheby’s, London, 11th May 1965, lot 83 (1,350 GBP).

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Sotheby's, Art d'Asie, Paris, 16 June 2022