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A RARE PAIR OF PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'FLORAL' HAIRPINS
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 93,750 USD
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A RARE PAIR OF PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'FLORAL' HAIRPINS
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 93,750 USD
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A RARE PAIR OF PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'FLORAL' HAIRPINS
TANG DYNASTY
each of thin silver sheet, composed of a double-pronged pin terminating in a broad leaf-shaped finial worked in mirror image, enclosing three large overlapping leaves engraved with flower sprays and foliate scrolls against a stipple ground, heightened with gilt detail, flanked by two reticulated stems issuing furled leaves and three-petal flowers (2)
Length 13 1/8  in., 33.2 cm
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Provenance

Frank Caro, successor to C.T. Loo, New York, 5th June 1958.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).

Catalogue Note

Elegantly made in the shape of a thin leaf and enhanced by delicately pierced and engraved designs, Tang hairpins of this particular type are extremely rare. Only one other example appears to be recorded, a pair of parcel-gilt silver hairpins, in the Hakutsuru Museum, Kobe, published in Hakutsuru eiga : hakutsuru bijutsukan meihin zuroku [Selected masterpieces of Hakutsuru Museum], Kobe, 1978, pl. 35, and its line drawing is also illustrated in Bo Gyllensvärd, 'Tang Gold and Silver' The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities Bulletin, no. 29, Stockholm, 1957, fig. 51 b.

Compare a related Tang gilt-silver hairpin with a reticulated design, similarly decorated with the three-petal leaves, excavated in Huijia village, Xi'an, Shanxi province in 1956, now in the Shaanxi provincial museum, Shaanxi province, published in Zhongguo wenwu jinghua daquan. Jinyin yushi juan [Compendium of Chinese art. Gold, silver, jade, and stone], Hong Kong, 1994, no. 115. See a pair of related hairpins, pierced with a floral design, also in the Shaanxi History Museum, included in the exhibition, Gilded Dragons. Buried Treasures from China's Golden Ages, The British Museum, London, 1999, cat. no. 33. 

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China

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