Lot 64
  • 64

A SUPERB AND VERY RARE PARCEL-GILT BOWL AND COVER TANG DYNASTY, 8TH/9TH CENTURY

Estimate
300,000 - 400,000 GBP
Sold
1,588,500 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

the bowl with widely flared sides divided on the interior into five lobes by raised lines radiating from the centre to the everted rim with corresponding notches, the interior finely engraved and gilt with a central medallion enclosing open luscious blooms and exotic fruit among large feathery leaves, each lobe similarly decorated with a different flowering motif, the exact mirror images of the interior motifs repeated as the mirror-image on the exterior and base of the bowl, a finely engraved and gilt band of delicate overlapping lotus petals at the rim on the interior,  the whole raised on a gently splayed foot decorated with a similar band of overlapping petals, the domed cover with overlapping edge similarly decorated with an engraved and gilt central roundel of exotic flowers and fruit amidst feathery foliage and enclosed by a flared ring encircled by two bands of different floral sprigs composed of large, finely veined leaves and fully opened blossoms including lotus and pomegranate

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