18 août 2019

Tang Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY, 12 September 2019

Lot 527. A pair of parcel-gilt silver hairpins, Tang dynasty (618-907). Each 13 1/8 in. (33.2 cm.) long, total weight 42.8 g. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The openwork head of each hammered silver, double-pronged hairpin has a fine openwork design of a lion facing a small bird perched on top of a large feathered plume surrounded by scrolling tendrils, leather box. Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1954.Sotheby's... [Lire la suite]

31 juillet 2017

A rare silver spherical censer, Tang dynasty, 8th-9th century

Lot 56. A rare silver spherical censer, Tang dynasty, 8th-9th century, 5cm., 2in. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 GBP. Lot sold 84,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. comprised of two reticulated half-spheres banded and joined at the median by a hook on one side and a hinge on the other, one half worked with an overall pattern of scrolled leafy tendrils surrounding confronting pairs of birds feeding on grape vines, on the lower half incorporating palmette leaves, the interior with an arrangement of two silver bands... [Lire la suite]
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