31 Dec '15, 1pm

A charming gilt-bronze bear from the legendary Ellsworth Collection:

‘My highlight of 2015’ — A gilt-bronze figure of a bear Tristan Bruck, a specialist in the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department, selects the first lot in a memorable week of sales from The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth INDEX My highlight of 2015 — the list in full Read more Among the many wonderful works of art that have come through the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department in 2015, my personal favourite happens to be one of the smallest: a small but superb gilt-bronze figure of a seated bear , from the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth. Measuring just three inches in height, the figure represents a bear, an ancient and powerful symbol in Chinese culture, resting on his haunches, his tongue lolling, scratching at his ear with a raised paw. The bronze dates from the Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 8), and would have been used to hold down th...

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