A fine large bronze mirror. Warring States Period /Han dynasty. photo Sotheby's

of large size cast with a band of stylized dragons interlaced with barbed lozenges on a ground of lines, spirals and stippling, the grooved loop in the center enclosed by rings and hatching, the rim raised, the whole with shiny black patina; together with: two bronze mirrors decorated with central bands cast with small bosses alternating with birds and mythical beasts in linear relief, Han dynasty; and two bronze mirrors with four raised bosses alternating with figures or the directional creatures, Han dynasty (5); diameter of widest 7 5/8 in., 19.4 cm. Estimate 8,000—10,000 USD. Lot Sold 27,500 USD

PROVENANCE: Property of a Gentleman.
Sotheby & Co., London, 10th December 1968, lot 30.



A group of ten archaic bronze mirrors. photo Sotheby's

comprising: two mirrors cast with linked arcs and dragon scrolls; a large gold-inlaid iron mirror; a small mirror with a quatrefoil design in shallow relief; a small mirror with four bosses and stylised leaves; a mirror cast with four dragons; a mirror of bracketed outline set with a fitted silver sheet; a plain bronze mirror with embroidered textile design; a silver and gold-inlaid iron mirror; a circular hoop-shaped fitting cast with dragons in relief (10); diameter of widest 19 1/4 in., 49 cm. Estimate 3,000—5,000 USD. Lot Sold 27,500 USD

Sotheby's. Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co. 22 Mar 11. New York www.sothebys.com