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Lot 1257: Chinese Gilt Repousse-Lidded Lion Box
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Tang Dynasty, 618-906 AD. A parcel-gilt silvered lidded container with flared foot; the sidewall undulating with band of parcel-gilt lotus-petal foliage on a hatched field, similar band to the edge of the lid; to the upper face, two winged lions leaping amid tendrils and flowers on a textured field; foot with parcel-gilt rim, four columns of calligraphic text to the underside. Cf. similar vessel made for Emperor Yizong in Michaelson, C. Gilded Dragons: Buried Treasures from China's Golden Age, London, 1999, item 107. Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate. 875 grams, 17.5cm (6 3/4"). Property of a London collector; bought at Wichita auction, New York, December 2015.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.