Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver

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Datum der Auktion: 12.09.2019

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A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT LARGE PARCEL-GILT SILVER BOWL

A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT LARGE PARCEL-GILT SILVER BOWL TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907) The large bowl is finely worked in repoussé with three rows of overlapping lotus petals, each gilded and exquisitely chased with a pair of birds in flight confronted on a ribbon tied in four loops against a background

Los #: 551

Schätzpreis: 2.000.000 $ - 3.000.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A VERY RARE GOLD 'DRAGON'-HANDLED CUP

A VERY RARE GOLD 'DRAGON'-HANDLED CUP YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368) The cup has a shallow bowl with rounded sides raised on a gently flared ring foot. The handle is exquisitely executed in repoussé from two gold sheets as a dragon head suspending a loose ring from its clenched jaws. The cup is chased

Los #: 571

Schätzpreis: 600.000 $ - 800.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A FINE AND VERY RARE GOLD DISH

A FINE AND VERY RARE GOLD DISH SONG DYNASTY (AD 960-1279) The circular dish is chased in the center with a dense, elegant design of two leafy, S-shaped stems, each bearing a large blossom, and the flat, everted rim is chased with a band of 'cash' pattern below the rolled edge. 5 ¼ in. (13.5 cm

Los #: 570

Schätzpreis: 300.000 $ - 500.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A RARE AND FINELY DECORATED GOLD 'PEONY' DISH

A RARE AND FINELY DECORATED GOLD 'PEONY' DISH YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368) The dish is finely chased in the center with a medallion enclosing seven, small ring-punches that form a circle within a border of overlapping hatching, all encircled by a wide band of densely arranged peony stems bearing five

Los #: 572

Schätzpreis: 200.000 $ - 300.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD OPENWORK CHAPE

A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD OPENWORK CHAPE NORTHWEST CHINA, LATE 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY BC This chape is finely decorated on each side in a complex openwork design of eleven interlaced serpents within a border of stylized bird-heads that rise from small animal heads with

Los #: 511

Schätzpreis: 300.000 $ - 500.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A RARE SILVER SPHERICAL CENSER

A RARE SILVER SPHERICAL CENSER TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907) The globular censer is comprised of two hinged, openwork half-spheres, the upper half decorated with a design of two pairs of parrots facing each other as they pick at grapes in the midst of scrolling, leafy vines, the lower half with

Los #: 552

Schätzpreis: 100.000 $ - 150.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A RARE DOUBLE SCABBARD AND KNIVES

A RARE DOUBLE SCABBARD AND KNIVES SOUTHERN SONG-YUAN DYNASTY, 10TH-14TH CENTURY The handles of the iron knives are embellished with finely chased gold sheet decorated with foliate scrolls and inlaid with small turquoise cabochons. Both scabbards are of slightly different length and attached to each

Los #: 566

Schätzpreis: 80.000 $ - 120.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT GOLD FELINE-HEAD FINIAL

A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT GOLD FELINE-HEAD FINIAL SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY BC The finial is finely cast and engraved as a tiger or other feline head with glaring eyes and scrolling brows above a large snarling mouth, above the heart-shaped ears. Imitation granulation is used

Los #: 512

Schätzpreis: 60.000 $ - 80.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A FINE AND RARE SMALL SILVER BOWL

A FINE AND RARE SMALL SILVER BOWL LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC The small bowl is of lobed heart shape with a flat bottom. The shallow, rounded sides are decorated in repoussé with a row of inverted 'water drops'. A short handle in the form of a raptor head with gold eyes projects

Los #: 513

Schätzpreis: 60.000 $ - 80.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A RARE SILVER SPHERICAL CENSER

A RARE SILVER SPHERICAL CENSER TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907) The globular censer is comprised of two, hinged openwork hemispheres suspended on a hooked chain. The upper hemisphere has a design of leafy, scrolling vines bearing two fruits flanked by pairs of birds, which alternate with two flowers above

Los #: 540

Schätzpreis: 60.000 $ - 80.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A FINELY ENGRAVED SMALL SILVER CUP

A FINELY ENGRAVED SMALL SILVER CUP TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907) The sides are finely engraved and chased on the exterior with a formally arranged pattern of conjoined foliate scrolls, all against a ring-punched ground above the low, flaring ring foot. One side is applied with a ring-handle with a

Los #: 546

Schätzpreis: 50.000 $ - 70.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A VERY RARE GOLD HEADDRESS

A VERY RARE GOLD HEADDRESS 7TH-9TH CENTURY The semi-circular headdress is cast at each end in repouss é with a galloping horse with small antlers and flowing mane above two circular loops pendent from the lower edge and another in front of the mouth. Between the two horses is a band of floral diaper

Los #: 573

Schätzpreis: 60.000 $ - 80.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD RAM-FORM FITTING

A RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID GOLD RAM-FORM FITTING SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, 7TH-EARLY 6TH CENTURY BC The finely chased fitting is shaped as a recumbent ram, its head turned to the side. There are multiple cloisons that highlight areas of the body, some with turquoise inlay. Two posts or rivets project

Los #: 501

Schätzpreis: 30.000 $ - 50.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A SMALL GOLD PLAQUE

A SMALL GOLD PLAQUE NORTHEAST CHINA, 6TH-5TH CENTURY BC The circular plaque is finely cast in openwork as a stylized coiled feline, with two small horizontal, squared attachment loops on the concave back. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) wide; weight 6.8 g Provenance Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection

Los #: 502

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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FIVE SMALL GOLD 'STAG' PLAQUES

FIVE SMALL GOLD 'STAG' PLAQUES NORTHEAST CHINA, 6TH-5TH CENTURY BC Each plaque is finely cast as a recumbent stag, the legs tucked under its body, and the upturned head with antlers formed by three rings. Four of the plaques have flat backs set with small attachment loops while the fifth is pierced

Los #: 503

Schätzpreis: 25.000 $ - 35.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A CIRCULAR GOLD ORNAMENT

A CIRCULAR GOLD ORNAMENT NORTHERN CHINA, 3RD CENTURY BC The small ornament is chased as a convex disk and decorated with four stylized animal heads in relief, within a band of striations at the outer rim. 1 1/8 in. (3 cm.) diam.; weight 11.6 g Provenance Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection

Los #: 504

Schätzpreis: 1.000 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A SMALL CAST GOLD ORNAMENT

A SMALL CAST GOLD ORNAMENT NORTHERN CHINA, 3RD CENTURY BC The outline of the lobed, rosette-like ornament is formed by six raptor heads with raised eyes and long inward-pointing beaks. A squared loop is on the concave reverse. 1 in. (2.6 cm.) diam.; weight 22.9 g Provenance Dr. Johan Carl Kempe

Los #: 505

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 8.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A RARE GOLD PLAQUE

A RARE GOLD PLAQUE NORTHEAST CHINA, 1ST CENTURY BC-3RD CENTURY AD The plaque is shaped as four animal heads, projecting from the corners, with a highly abstract figure in the center, and further decorated with two raised oval bosses and cloisons . 2 7/8 in. (7.4 cm.) wide; weight 41.6 g Provenance

Los #: 506

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A CIRCULAR GOLD PLAQUE

A CIRCULAR GOLD PLAQUE LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD, 3RD CENTURY BC The gold sheet plaque is chased on the convex center with six interlaced serpents, their heads facing the 'bead' border and their spines and tails detailed with stippling. The out-turned edge of the plaque is pierced for attachment. 2

Los #: 507

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 8.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A VERY FINE AND RARE GOLD 'GOOSE' GARMENT HOOK

A VERY FINE AND RARE GOLD 'GOOSE' GARMENT HOOK LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD-WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC The small, heavily cast hook is shaped as a goose with a wide body resting on a round button. The long, curved and slender neck terminates in an elongated beak. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) long

Los #: 508

Schätzpreis: 20.000 $ - 30.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A RARE PAIR OF SMALL GOLD BOAR-FORM ORNAMENTS

A RARE PAIR OF SMALL GOLD BOAR-FORM ORNAMENTS NORTHEAST CHINA, 5TH-3RD CENTURY BC Each ornament is finely cast as a kneeling boar with powerful body and legs, bristly mane, curled tail and pricked ears, the facial features, including the tusks, are finely detailed, and there are two flat, vertical

Los #: 509

Schätzpreis: 40.000 $ - 60.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A VERY RARE SET OF GOLD AND JADE GARMENT HOOK PLAQUES

A VERY RARE SET OF GOLD AND JADE GARMENT HOOK PLAQUES EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 4TH CENTURY BC The set comprises five rectangular gold plaques and five jade plaques, arranged in a line. Each gold plaque is chased in high relief with a pair of dragons with interlaced bodies. Each jade plaque is

Los #: 510

Schätzpreis: 20.000 $ - 30.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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TWO RARE OPENWORK GOLD BEADS

TWO RARE OPENWORK GOLD BEADS EASTERN HAN DYNASTY (AD25-220) Each spherical bead is elaborately composed of twelve small gold rings joined together with fine bead granulation. ½ and 5/8 in. (1.4 and 1.7 cm.) diam.; weight 10.9 and 15.4 g Provenance Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden

Los #: 514

Schätzpreis: 5.000 $ - 7.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A VERY FINE GOLD HARNESS ORNAMENT

A VERY FINE GOLD HARNESS ORNAMENT LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD-HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC The domed ornament is cast as three dragons, their bodies elegantly interlaced to form the outline. There are three attachment loops on the concave reverse. 1 3/8 in. (3.6 cm.) wide; weight 49.2 g Provenance

Los #: 515

Schätzpreis: 20.000 $ - 30.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A PAIR OF SMALL GOLD 'TIGER-MASK' ORNAMENTS

A PAIR OF SMALL GOLD 'TIGER-MASK' ORNAMENTS NORTHWEST CHINA, 5TH-4TH CENTURY BC OR LATER Each small, rounded gold sheet ornament is worked in repoussé as a tiger head with bulging eyes and pointed ears, the tiger's stripes indicated by curved grooves. Each 1 in. ( 2.6 cm.) wide; weight 2.7 and 2.5 g

Los #: 516

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 8.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A SET OF FOUR ORNAMENTAL GOLD FRAGMENTS

A SET OF FOUR ORNAMENTAL GOLD FRAGMENTS EASTERN HAN-SIX DYNASTIES PERIOD, 3RD-4TH CENTURY AD Each fragment is chased with a dragon with large head and coiled tail shown in profile and decorated with granulation, with some raised and openwork areas. Each 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm.) wide; total weight 20 g

Los #: 517

Schätzpreis: 2.000 $ - 3.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A CIRCULAR GOLD ORNAMENT

A CIRCULAR GOLD ORNAMENT WARRING STATES PERIOD (475-221 BC) The circular ornament is shaped as a flat ring and has a textured surface on one side. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) diam.; weight 4 g Provenance Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no. CK10. Sotheby's London

Los #: 518

Schätzpreis: 1.000 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A GOLD FOIL-COVERED BRONZE CIRCULAR PLAQUE

A GOLD FOIL-COVERED BRONZE CIRCULAR PLAQUE SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, LATE 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY BC The bronze plaque is covered with thin gold foil chased with bands of interlaced scroll design, possibly representing snakes, centered by a whorl motif, all detailed with striations and within a

Los #: 519

Schätzpreis: 1.000 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A PAIR OF GOLD, GLASS AND BRONZE PLAQUES

A PAIR OF GOLD, GLASS AND BRONZE PLAQUES LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD-HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC Each circular plaque is comprised of a bronze ring cast with three fluted bands covered with gold foil and centered by a beaded, convex, glass disc. Each 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) diam. Provenance Dr. Johan

Los #: 520

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019

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A BRONZE AND GOLD HARNESS FITTING

A BRONZE AND GOLD HARNESS FITTING SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, LATE 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY BC The circular fitting is comprised of three cast gold animal masks raised on bronze posts that project from the top of the domed bronze ring, the outward-facing masks with protruding tongue, small nose, and

Los #: 521

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 12.09.2019