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23 May 2019

Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Lot 269

A Chinese bronze octafoil mirror

Estimate £800 - £1200 + fees

Sold Price £800

A Chinese bronze octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty (618-907), of linghua (water chestnut flower) shape and crisply cast, the knob surrounded by four animals shown in lively positions as they frolic atop a flowering scroll within the raised inner edge of the outer band cast in the eight barbed lobes with alternating insects and foliate sprays, grey patina and small patches of small reddish crystal patina, approximately 17cm diameter, 511 grams


Provenance: Purchased by the current vendors late father in the 1960's from the George Family. By repute it was collected by the British officer Robin George during the Boxer rebellion, and thence by descent through his family. George left China in 1901 for India, where he married before returning to the UK.


Compare with a similar parcel-gilt example of this mirror form and design sold Christies, New York, 22nd March 2012, Luminous Perfection: Fine Chinese Mirrors from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection, lot 1459.



拍品来源:六十年代购自Geroge家族,其第一任主人英国官员Robin George于中国义和团运动期间所藏,并于清末离开中国前往印度。




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