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A GILT-BRONZE ‘LION’ PAPERWEIGHT
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 437,500 HKD
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121
A GILT-BRONZE ‘LION’ PAPERWEIGHT
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 437,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Scholarly Art III

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Hong Kong

A GILT-BRONZE ‘LION’ PAPERWEIGHT
MING DYNASTY
naturalistically modelled as a muscular seated lion with bulging eyes and curly mane, animatedly scratching its left ear with its left hind-paw while scratching his left side with his front left paw, wearing a bell strung around its neck on a double cord
6.8 cm., 2 5/8  in.
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Provenance

Christie’s London, 10th December 1979, lot 41.
Collection of Robert A. Hall, London, November 1980.

Exhibited

Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, Arts from the Scholar’s Studio, Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1986, cat. no. 51.

Catalogue Note

Sculpted in a powerful yet amusing fashion, the present figure of a lion is a fine example of objects made for the scholar’s studio during the Ming period. It is of substantial weight and its size is larger than what is expected from bronze paperweights of this sculptural form. The dark colouration of the gilding and extensive wear also suggest a Ming dynasty attribution. For the possible inspiration, see a larger gilt-bronze lion figure modelled in a very similar seated pose, with its left leg raised scratching its ear and wearing an expression of satisfaction, and with its mouth agape showing sharp teeth but with a much fuller curly mane, attributed to the Song dynasty, sold in our New York rooms, 20th March 2002, lot 71.

Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Scholarly Art III

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Hong Kong