Lot 259*. Important Pair of silver handles in the shape of 'Taotie'masks

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Auction date: 06.12.2017   10:30 UTC +01:00
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Lot 259* | Important Pair of silver handles in the shape of 'Taotie'masks
Important Pair of silver handles in the shape of 'Taotie'masks, CHINA, marked Qianlong zaobanchu gengwu nian zhi changchun yuan yulinglong guan taojia shuwu(=1750)
L. 24.8 cm
According to the Bronze prototype from the Zhou dynasty, the handles consist of spacious rings, which originate from a magnificent 'Taotie'mask. The twisting RAM horns emerge under a triangular crown and intertwine art with a further Pair of horns. The eyes sting from the face, surrounded by waves and spiral Patterns. Two vertical bars to form halves, the separation of the two Face, two updraft Nostrils ending. The dragon-like jaws open wide to the outside and form two Claws that seem to grab for the silver ring. Both handles with rectangular connectors on the back.
provenance: From a Swiss private collection - Cf. Sotheby's Hong Kong, 27.04.2003, Lot 34; Bonhams Hong Kong, 23.11.2013, Lot 521; Sotheby's, New York, 01.06.1994, Lot 439 - signs of age, rubbed

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