Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver

Christie's
New York

Date of the auction: 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

Lot #: 566

Estimate: US$80,000 - US$120,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A SMALL FINELY ENGRAVED SILVER STEM CUP

A SMALL FINELY ENGRAVED SILVER STEM CUP TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907) The bell-shaped cup is raised on a knopped stem foot with spreading base. The deep sides are finely engraved with elaborate scrolling grapevine on a very fine ring-punched ground below a similar band at the mouth rim, all above a

Lot #: 545

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A RARE SILVER SPOON

A RARE SILVER SPOON TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907) The spoon is elegantly formed with a long flat handle engraved with a leafy, flowering vine against a ring-punched ground. The almost flat bowl is similarly chased with the vine surrounding a bird in flight. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) long; weight 57 g

Lot #: 557

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A CIRCULAR GOLD 'TORTOISE' BOX AND COVER

A CIRCULAR GOLD 'TORTOISE' BOX AND COVER TANG DYNASTY (AD 618-907) One side of the circular box is delicately chased with a circular medallion of a tortoise with raised head walking amidst peony scroll, the other side is decorated with a circular medallion of a flower surrounded by scrolling, leafy

Lot #: 569

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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AN UNUSUAL GOLD SPOON

AN UNUSUAL GOLD SPOON QING DYNASTY (1644-1911) OR EARLIER The spoon consists of an elongated petal-shaped handle engraved with two foliate scrolls on either side of a central rib that terminates in a small dragon head from which issues the slender handle of the small hemispherical bowl. 9 3/8 in

Lot #: 577

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A QUADRILOBED SILVER CUP

A QUADRILOBED SILVER CUP SONG-MING DYNASTY (AD 960-1644) The small, quadrilobed cup is decorated in the center of the interior with a reserve of conforming shape worked in repoussé outline that encloses a finely engraved, recumbent deer supporting a medallion incised with a fu character, all below a

Lot #: 582

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A SILVER FLANGED CUP

A SILVER FLANGED CUP JIN-YUAN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY The shallow cup is decorated on the interior with a single lotus flower, and has a flat, flange-like handle decorated in repoussé stippling with foliate scroll projecting from the rim on one side. 4 in. (10.2 cm.) wide; weight 50 g Provenance

Lot #: 583

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$25,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A SILVER 'LOTUS PETAL' STEM CUP

A SILVER 'LOTUS PETAL' STEM CUP TANG-SONG DYNASTY, 9TH-10TH CENTURY The cup is decorated in repoussé with three rows of overlapping lotus petals below a band of foliate scroll on a ring-punched ground enclosing the mouth rim. The circular foot is similarly decorated with further stylized foliage. 2

Lot #: 584

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A RARE SILVER EWER AND COVER

A RARE SILVER EWER AND COVER SONG-YUAN DYNASTY (AD 960-1368) The bud or melon-shaped body is raised on a low foot ring and applied with a fluted handle and a curved spout. The cover is chased with narrow, overlapping petals that radiate from the base of the bud-shaped knob to the scalloped edge of

Lot #: 586

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A GROUP OF FOUR SILVER HAIRPINS

A GROUP OF FOUR SILVER HAIRPINS YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368) The group is comprised of three similarly shaped double-pronged hairpins encircled by graduated disks, and a hairpin with a twisted flower scroll terminal. 5 5/8, 7 ¼, 8 1/8 and 8 ½ in. (14.3, 18.4, 20.7 and 21.6 cm.) long; total weight 125.2

Lot #: 588

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A SILVER GARMENT HOOK

A SILVER GARMENT HOOK The garment hook is made of two silver sheets, the sheet that forms the front is chased as a crouching animal, the head forming one end and the tail forming the hook, while the sheet that forms the back is plain. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm.) long; weight 74.5 g Provenance Dr. Johan

Lot #: 590

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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AN UNUSUAL SILVER GARMENT HOOK

AN UNUSUAL SILVER GARMENT HOOK The garment hook is heavily cast with a fierce demon with muscular arms and sharp-clawed feet holding a sword in one hand and a shield in the other, flanked by two smaller winged beasts, all against the scrolling wings and tail feathers of a phoenix, its long, slender

Lot #: 591

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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AN UNUSUAL PARCEL-GILT SILVER EAR SPOON

AN UNUSUAL PARCEL-GILT SILVER EAR SPOON SONG DYNASTY (AD 960-1279) The long, slender handle is gracefully arched and decorated in relief on one side with prunus branches on a ring-punched ground, and terminates in a small double-gourd vase from which issues the slender, scoop-like bowl. The plain

Lot #: 592

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$4,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A PAIR OF SILVER EARRINGS

A PAIR OF SILVER EARRINGS QING DYNASTY (1644-1911) Each flat, crescent-shaped earring with scalloped outer edge is engraved on both sides with demi-florets and leaves on a fine ring-punched ground and has an endless knot at the hook end. Each 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) wide; weight 7.3 g each Provenance

Lot #: 599

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 12 Sep 2019

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A RARE SILVER PEACH-FORM CUP

A RARE SILVER PEACH-FORM CUP SONG-YUAN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY The cup is shaped as a half-peach borne on a leafy branch that forms the handle. The sides are finely engraved with blossoming and fruiting branches that continue under the base, all against a fine ring-matted ground. 3 5/8 in. (9.2

Lot #: 601

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 551

Estimate: US$2,000,000 - US$3,000,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 571

Estimate: US$600,000 - US$800,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 570

Estimate: US$300,000 - US$500,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 572

Estimate: US$200,000 - US$300,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 511

Estimate: US$300,000 - US$500,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 552

Estimate: US$100,000 - US$150,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 512

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$80,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 513

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$80,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 540

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$80,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 546

Estimate: US$50,000 - US$70,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 573

Estimate: US$60,000 - US$80,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 501

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 502

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 503

Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000

Date: 12 Sep 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

Lot #: 504

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 12 Sep 2019