Property from an important private collection (lots 381-403)
A gilt-bronze 'tiger' paperweight
Han dynasty Cast in the form of a recumbent tiger, its body coiled with its head turned upwards looking back, exhibiting powerful limbs with sharpened claws. 6.4cm diam.
Provenance 來源: Spink & Son Ltd., London Christie's London, 29-20 June 1998, lot 498
For a comparable example of a tiger form paperweight in the Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo, see Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, no.240. For a related example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum. Bronze Articles for Daily Use, Hong Kong, 2006, p.150, no.128. See also another gilt-bronze paperweight in the form of a dragon dated to the Han dynasty, sold at Sotheby's London 11 December 1979, lot 49 and again at Sotheby's New York, 19-20 March 2013, lot 67.