1849
1849

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT ASIAN COLLECTION

A RARE DATED MASSIVE BRONZE TEMPLE BELL
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, DATED 1695
Estimate
3,000,0004,000,000
LOT SOLD. 10,180,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
1849

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT ASIAN COLLECTION

A RARE DATED MASSIVE BRONZE TEMPLE BELL
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, DATED 1695
Estimate
3,000,0004,000,000
LOT SOLD. 10,180,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE DATED MASSIVE BRONZE TEMPLE BELL
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, DATED 1695
the slightly spreading cylindrical body with a scalloped rim, cast in thread relief with two registers of rectangular panels enclosing a thirteen-line calligraphic inscription and dated to the thirty-fourth year of the reign of the Kangxi Emperor, all below a lotus-lappet band and surmounted by a two-headed dragon crown, the metal patinated to a dark brown tone, elaborate carved wood 'dragon' stand and wooden mallet
Quantity: 2
155 cm., 61 in. including stand
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Provenance

Henry Peirson Harland, London, acquired in Tianjin, China, 1910.
Sotheby's London, 14th May 2008, lot 670.

Catalogue Note

It is rare to find a Kangxi bell of this type, which is close in form and decoration to bells made during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Compare a closely related bell with an inscription dating it to 1532 illustrated in Sheila Riddell, Dated Chinese Antiquities 600-1650, London, 1979, pl. 125, together with one of a similar form but decorated with archaistic animals and with an inscription dating it to 1499, pl. 124; and another with stylised characters sold in out Hong Kong rooms, 14th November 1990, lot 420.

FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART

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Hong Kong