A small silver 'lotus' bowl  Song/Yuan dynasty

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Lot 351
A small silver 'lotus' bowl
Song/Yuan dynasty

US$ 5,000 - 7,000
£ 4,100 - 5,700
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A small silver 'lotus' bowl
Song/Yuan dynasty
The deep bowl finely formed as a graceful open lotus, its gently sloping side walls carefully indented and cut out to present eight lotus petals rising from a circular foot ring, enclosing a skillfully rendered blossom well fitted in the floor of the bowl and on the base.
1 1/2in (3.8cm) high

Footnotes

  • 宋/元 蓮花小銀碗一件

    Although no other identical examples of this type have been recorded , bowls and cups designed in an open flower shape appear to have been popular during the Song and Yuan dynasties.

    Compare a gold bowl cut out in the form of an open chrysanthemum, published and illustrated in the exhibition catalog Imperial Gold from Ancient China, Christian Deydier (London, Oriental Bronzes Ltd., 1990), p. 42, pl. 14. Refer also to a parcel gilt flower-form silver cup, dated to the Song dynasty and reminiscent of the present example, illustrated in Ancient Chinese Gold, Han Wei and Chritian Deydier (Paris, Les Editions D'art et D'histoire, 2001), p. 183, pl. 456.

    A more elaborate silver cup in the form of a lotus flower is known in the Zhejiang Museum Collection in Jiangsu province. In addition, floriform is an important design motif that often appears on ceramics from both the Song and Yuan dynasties.
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A small silver 'lotus' bowl  Song/Yuan dynasty
A small silver 'lotus' bowl  Song/Yuan dynasty
A small silver 'lotus' bowl  Song/Yuan dynasty
A small silver 'lotus' bowl  Song/Yuan dynasty
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