A gilt-bronze 'tianlu' paperweight Late Ming / early Qing dynasty
Lot 372
A gilt-bronze 'tianlu' paperweight Late Ming / early Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 56,250 (US$ 7,256) inc. premium

Lot Details
A gilt-bronze 'tianlu' paperweight
Late Ming / early Qing dynasty
Cast in the form of a mythical animal poised in recumbent position, the creature with the head of a dragon but a pair of horns and body of a deer, its head upturned from the elongated neck revealing a pointed beard.
5.6cm long.

Footnotes

  • 明末清初 銅鎏金天祿鎮紙

    The 'tianlu', also known as a qilin, is a legendary mythical beast considered a symbol of prosperity with the power to ward off evil. There is an old saying which translates as, "tianlu knows all good and evil in the mortal realm, like a spirit and travelling in ghastly speed between the lands, if one meets its acquaintance, one will be blessed with wealth, longevity, healthiness and prosperity".

    Paperweights are used to hold down paper at the four edges, so as not to interfere with reading, calligraphy and painting. Weights first appeared during the Warring States period and became widely used in the Han dynasty. They are often found in the form of animals, and were originally for weighing down the four corners of floor-seating mattresses, before gradually becoming paperweights after the Han dynasty. A similar but larger 'tianlu' paperweight was sold in these rooms, 24 November 2012, lot 535. See also another comparable example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, p.101, no.87.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first HKD800,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from HKD800,001 to HKD1,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over HKD1,000,000 of the Hammer Price.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Chinese Art (HK)
    Auction Administration - Chinese Works of Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +852 2918 4321
    FaxFax: +852 2918 4320
Similar Items