• Iron, Gold, Silver and Jade Garment-Hook (daigou)
    • Iron, Gold, Silver and Jade Garment-Hook (daigou)
    • Iron, Gold, Silver and Jade Garment-Hook (daigou)
    Iron, Gold, Silver and Jade Garment-Hook (daigou)

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Iron, Gold, Silver and Jade Garment-Hook (daigou)

    23.0cm (L)

    Warring States period, 475 BC - 221 BC

    This garment hook, fitted out in gold and jade, would have been a highly luxurious item.  If worn at all, it would have been for purposes of display.

    • Gold and Silver Standing Figure
    • Gold and Silver Standing Figure
    Gold and Silver Standing Figure

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Gold and Silver Standing Figure

    5.1cm (H)

    Warring States - Qin period, 4th - 3rd century BC

    This figure, although of small dimensions, is exceptionally rare for being cast in silver overlaid in gold sheet.

    • Gold Filigree Double Scabbard with Lapis Lazuli Knife Handles
    • Gold Filigree Double Scabbard with Lapis Lazuli Knife Handles
    Gold Filigree Double Scabbard with Lapis Lazuli Knife Handles

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Gold Filigree Double Scabbard with Lapis Lazuli Knife Handles

    Length of lapis lazuli handles: 4.2cm and 7.2cm. Length of gold filigree: 9.4cm and 10.4cm

    Tang period, 7th century

    This extremely delicate knife set would most probably once have belonged to a lady of high rank.  The delicate gold chain, by which it would have been attached to the wearers belt, has not been un-knotted since the Tang period.

    • Parcel-gilt Silver Box and Cover
    • Parcel-gilt Silver Box and Cover
    Parcel-gilt Silver Box and Cover

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Parcel-gilt Silver Box and Cover

    8.0cm (H)

    Tang period, 7th - 8th century

    One of only four known, this is a rare survival from the Tang period.  The decoration features bunches of grapes, a motif that was introduced from the West. 

  • Silver Stem-cup

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Silver Stem-cup

    5.5cm (H). Diameter: 4.5cm

    Tang period, 7th - 8th century

    Finely decorated with flowers against a delicately punched ground, this stem cup originally formed part of the legendary Frederick M. Mayer collection.

  • Silver Box and Cover

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Silver Box and Cover

    5.5cm (H). Diameter: 6.8cm

    Song period, 960 - 1279

    Highly unusual for its two covers, inner and outer, this box most probably contained cosmetics.

    • Dry Lacquer Figure of Mañjuśrī
    • Dry Lacquer Figure of Mañjuśrī
    • Dry Lacquer Figure of Mañjuśrī
    Dry Lacquer Figure of Mañjuśrī

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Dry Lacquer Figure of Mañjuśrī

    41.5cm (H)

    Ming dynasty, 15th century

    Sculptures of this early fifteenth century type are more usually encountered in gilt metal.  This is an extremely rare survival made in the 'dry lacquer' technique. 

    • Parcel-gilt Bronze Lion
    • Parcel-gilt Bronze Lion
    • Parcel-gilt Bronze Lion
    Parcel-gilt Bronze Lion

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Parcel-gilt Bronze Lion

    40.5cm (H)

    Ming dynasty, 15th - 16th century

    Finely cast in bronze, with areas of gilding, this lion probably served as a container for arrows thrown in the game of touhu ('arrow-throwing game').

    • Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup
    • Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup
    • Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup
    Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup

    11.5cm (H), 19.4cm (L)

    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, inscribed with a date corresponding to 1582

    Rhino horn was a material endowed with all sorts of properties by the Chinese.  Not least that it was thought capable of detecting poison in a drink.  This beautiful cup, with its Ming date, is inscribed with a poem warning the owner against drunkenness.

    • Jade Water Buffalo
    • Jade Water Buffalo
    • Jade Water Buffalo
    Jade Water Buffalo

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Jade Water Buffalo

    31.5cm (L), 10.5kg

    Late Ming - early Qing dynasty, 17th century

    Carved from a single massive block of greyish-green jade, this magnificent animal has passed through several distinguished English collections.  It may once have furnished a Chinese Imperial palace.

    • Rhinoceros Horn Figure of Bodhidharma
    • Rhinoceros Horn Figure of Bodhidharma
    • Rhinoceros Horn Figure of Bodhidharma
    Rhinoceros Horn Figure of Bodhidharma

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Rhinoceros Horn Figure of Bodhidharma

    10.4cm (H)

    Late Ming - early Qing dynasty, 17th or 18th century

    Figures, as opposed to cups, carved in rhinoceros horn are exceptionally rare.  Bodhidharma was the founder of Chan, or Zen, Buddhism.

    • Carved Jade Cup
    • Carved Jade Cup
    Carved Jade Cup

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Carved Jade Cup

    Maximum width: 12.4cm, Diameter of bowl: 9.7cm

    Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 18th century

    The three boys at play carved around this charming cup may well illustrate the recurring theme of the desirability of male offspring.

    • Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt Copper Double Container
    • Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt Copper Double Container
    • Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt Copper Double Container
    Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt Copper Double Container

    Early Chinese Metalwork in Gold and Silver; Works of Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

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    Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt Copper Double Container

    Height without stand: 8.8cm. Height on stand: 12.8cm

    Qing dynasty, Qianlong marks and of the period, 1736 - 1795

    With four-character marks for the Qianlong Emperor, it is not hard to imagine this beautifully cast and enamelled 'Champion Vase' on a table in his study.