Lot 552
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AN EXTREMELY RARE GOLD FILIGREE 'PHOENIX' FINIAL FOR AN IMPERIAL CONCUBINE COURT HAT QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

Estimate
60,000 - 80,000 USD
Sold
471,000 USD
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Description

  • Gold and pearls
  • Height 5 3/4  in., 14.6 cm
the brilliant and intricately worked gold wires forming a multi-tier ornament of two phoenix stacked over a domed base along a vertical axis, the base with eight pendent lobes each with a ruyi-form edge and one of the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems' applied to the surface, surmounted by an openwork gold orb set with four pearls, a phoenix perched atop, its feathers, eyes, beak, and crest minutely detailed and with medium and small pearls secured to the crest, chest, wings, and five long tail feathers, surmounted by a large pearl on its back, a second phoenix of the same design perched atop the large pearl and surmounted by a further large pearl, a teardrop-shaped smoky hardstone crowning the finial at its peak

Provenance

Collection of Joseph (1919-2008) and Ruth Sataloff.
Gifted to the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, in 1994 (acc. no. 1994.39.4).

Exhibited

Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits, Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2001, cat. no. 5.15.
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