A superb and important parcel-gilt silver 'lotus and pomegranate' bowl, Tang dynasty | 唐 銀局部鎏金石榴蓮花紋花式大盌
A superb and important parcel-gilt silver 'lotus and pomegranate' bowl
rendered in the shape of an open begonia flower, the widely flaring sides divided into four lobes and rising to an everted rim, all raised on a splayed foot of conforming shape, the interior superbly engraved and gilt with a central medallion enclosing an open flower issuing a small pomegranate and flanked by fan-like leaves together with an elaborate stem resembling a peacock tail, all reserved on a ring-punched ground and framed within a lappet border, the interior rim with a finely engraved and gilt band of further blooms on a ring-punched ground, the exterior entirely chased with a lush design of of single and double lotus flowers, some fully in bloom, others transforming into seed pods, with large fanning leaves, all reserved on a ring-punched ground, above a band of overlapping lappets, the foot naturalistically detailed as a furled lotus leaf, the exterior entirely gilt
Width 9 ½ in., 24.3 cm
As visible in the catalogue images, three areas of impact to the wall of bowl: the first which has resulted in a T-shaped crack; another with a 2.5 by 1.8cm section out and re-stuck; and the third an approximately 1.7 by 1.7cm area of impact now consolidated and overlaid with a thin silver sheet to the interior. Some foil restoration to flaked losses of gilding to exterior.
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Fritz Low-Beer & Co., New York, 8th February 1951.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
Fritz Low-Beer & Co.，紐約，1951年2月8日
Bo Gyllensvärd, ‘T’ang Gold and Silver’, Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1957, no. 29, pl. 20d and figs 42a, 85d and 96h.
Han Wei, ed., Hai nei wai Tangdai jinyinqi cuibian [Compilation of Tang gold and silver vessels from inland and overseas], Xi’an, 1989, fig. 141 (line drawing).
喜龍仁，〈T'ang Gold and Silver〉，《Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities》，斯德哥爾摩，1957年，編號29，圖版20d及圖42a、85d及96h