A SUZHOU 'GOLDEN BRICK', MING DYNASTY, JIAJING PERIOD
A SUZHOU 'GOLDEN BRICK'
MING DYNASTY, JIAJING PERIOD
inscribed to the side with an illegible date and the place of manufacture, mounted as a low table
Length 27⅜ in., 69.5 cm; Width 26⅞ in., 68.5 cm
There are scattered losses and chips to the edges and corners. Overall with expected wear to the surface, consistent with age.
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Large bricks of this type are called jinzhuan (golden brick) in Chinese. These finely fired bricks were produced in Suzhou under imperial order to be used for paving the floors of the imperial palaces, monasteries and mausoleums in Beijing. These imperial bricks were usually inscribed with the date and place of manufacture. Although the date on the present brick is illegible, other extant examples with the same inscription are known to be dated to the 16th year of Jiajing (1537). For related bricks sold at auction, see a dated pair from the Qianlong period, sold in our London rooms, 10th May 2017, lot 292.