New Year of the Tiger

1/02/2022     News Stories & Press Release, Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

Also known as the Lunar New Year, the Spring Festival, Tet and Seollal, it’s the official start of the new lunar calendar, which means a chance to wipe clean the slate and start afresh for a more positive new year.

Here, we asked Bill Forrest, Head of the Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art department, to pick his favourite tiger-themed lots that have sold at Roseberys.

2022 marks the year of the Water Tiger. It starts from February 1st, 2022, and ends on January 21st, 2023. A Water Tiger year occurs every 60 years. Years of the Tiger include 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938... The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in Asia. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness.

 Tiger

Lot 50: A rare pair of Chinese bronze and inlaid 'tiger' mat weights, Western Han dynasty, each finely cast as coiled tigers on a circular base, their stripes inlaid with gold and silver, each with silver-inlaid collar, with glass-inset eyes 5.5cm diameter. Provenance: Ben Janssens Oriental Art. Cf. A comparable set of four weights in the form of fighting animals is housed in the Met Museum, New York, on loan from Nanjing Museum.

With an estimate of £8,000 - £12,000, the pair of Chinese bronze and inlaid 'tiger' mat weights realised the price of £32,500 in the Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art online auction -11/11/2020. 

 

Lot 40: A rare Chinese bronze gold inlaid circular mirror, Tang dynasty, inlaid with a gold sheet finely chased with a raised central floral knop encircled by tigers and bears among scrolling grapevine all on a ring-punched ground inside a rope-twist border, 9.5cm diameter. Provenance: Ben Janssens Oriental Art, London, 7 June 2003. Note: Popular during the Tang dynasty, such mirrors inlaid with gold or silver illustrate the exceptional skill levels of Tang metalsmiths and the opulence of the Tang dynasty.  A gold sheet inlaid octofoil mirror with similar decoration sold at Christie's New York as part of the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, 17th -18th March 2016.

With an estimate of £2,000 - £3,000, the rare Chinese bronze gold mirror realised the price of £7,500 in the Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art online auction -11/11/2020
 

 

 

 

Lot 48: A Chinese gilt bronze belt hook, Han dynasty, finely cast as a tiger's head with turquoise inset eyes and forehead, with tapering hook terminating in a dragon's head, 11.2cm long. Provenance: Ben Janssens Oriental Art, London, June 2000. This Chinese gilt bronze belt hook made £3,000 in the Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art online auction -11/11/2020

 

 

Lot 225: A Chinese porcelain dish, Kangxi period, painted in famille verte enamels with a tiger in a pastoral landscape to the central reserve, the border decorated with Daoist taijitu symbols, 26cm diameter. The Chinese porcelain dish, Kangxi period realised the price of £525 in the Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art online auction -11/11/2020

 

Lot 32: A Chinese bronze and silver-inlay two-piece tiger tally, hu-fu, Ming dynasty, 17th century, cast as a recumbent tiger in two parts with a silver-inlaid inscription to the exterior, 7.5cm long. The tally made £4,250 against an estimate of £300 - £500 in the Asian Art I : Fine Chinese Art To Include A Private Collection Of Fifty Objects, Japanese Art & South East Asian Art auction on 18/05/2021.

 

The next Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art auction will take place on Wednesday 18th May. We are now welcoming consignments for this sale. If you would like to have an item valued for auction or are just interested in what it is worth please contact asian@roseberys.co.uk for a complimentary valuation. 

 

 

 

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