An unusual beaten silver-gilt 'Fish-Dragon'

An unusual beaten silver-gilt 'Fish-Dragon'

Formed by overlapping sheets of beaten sided silver, the head marked with the wang ('king') character above small beady eyes, long whiskers and a wide grinning open mouth with a long tongue, joined to a lithe, tapering articulated six-sectioned body, the final section set with a wide broom-shaped tail, the edges and details picked-out in fine twisted wire, all fixed to a rectangular shape base, Qing Dynasty, 18th/19th Century. 6.3cm long, weight 36g. Literature: Bo Gyllensvard, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953, cat. no. 164 Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Ulricehamn, 1999, cat. no. 164. Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong 11th April 2008, Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork Ming and Qing Imperial Gold, P. 76 lot 2317.

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