Lot 60
  • 60

A FINE AND VERY RARE PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'RHINOCEROS' DISH TANG DYNASTY, 8TH/9TH CENTURY

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 GBP
Sold
168,500 GBP
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Description

  • 15.2cm., 6in.
    WEIGHT 317g.
possibly a pair to lot 59, this dish is of similar shallow circular shape with everted sides rising from a splayed footring, the interior similarly decorated in repoussé and parcel-gilt depicting a rhinoceros standing four-square and facing right, his stout body with scaly hides and supporting a lotus howdah carrying three large flowers, all enclosed by a raised gilt ridge and set on a plain silver ground



 

Exhibited

Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1954-55, cat. no. 120.

Chinese Gold, Silver and Porcelain. The Kempe Collection, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1971, cat. no. 59, an exhibition touring the United States and shown also at nine other museums.

Literature

Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, pl. 120.

Bo Gyllensvärd, 'T'ang Gold and Silver', Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, no. 29, 1957, fig. 63b.

Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 1999, pl. 122.

Catalogue Note

See the discussion of the companion dish, lot 59.

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