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Rawr! Goes the Lions (17th/18th century Buddhist Lions)
I probably should put these in the ID section but at least the unknown one, but he's going to be living with me for a while so I suppose I will eventually find a comp.
I scooped up a bunch of bronzes at a local auction a few weeks ago, the big lion was listed as Japanese, but I am fairly certain it is 17th/18th century Chinese.
The small lion is a scroll weight, still some gilding there as well as a few dings and dents, for which I have found three comps, and he is 17th century, Ming/Qing. He is cool and seemingly valuable, but my heart is in the other... who for some reason I can only refer to as "big boy", I hope he doesn't mind the name.
Big boy is ferocious, and yet sorta cute, gilt splashed bronze. There are possibly a few repairs to it, and definitely quite a bit of wear to the most exposed areas. But dang he has a heck of a tail, and very imposing teeth.
He's pretty large at 30cm long, and roughly 24cm high. The weight is ~6.2cm as are the comps.
If anyone has any ideas on Big boy feel free to let me know. And I'll add to this if I find anything else out about them.
and the scroll weight:
Your Big Boy has all the attributes of either 18th-19th CHINESE Foo Dog. Fierce and bold. How much was he?
I like him.
Thanks, I really like him too.
I appreciate the help, I will look into 18th/19th rather than 17th/18th..... I just had to look he was only $250.... haha crazy, I totally thought I'd have spent more. It was kinda a last minute deal on a bunch of things at the sale. I think the lot with the scroll weight and some other stuff was double that, there was of course so random Japanese pieces on my bill... I couldn't help myself.
I find this one but its got different elements, posture, no gilding, also a calmer expression.
And I did find this ubsurdly expensive beast with much better everything (gilding, casting, provenance)... except stance and face(imo...).
If you ever put your Big Boy up for adoption, I would make an excellent Foster parent.
Big Boy is very impressive but I love that scroll weight!
I have no doubt about that. I will certainly keep you apprised.
Thanks, me too. Its funny, this big pile I got is like standing in a gallery and there's a Picasso, a Renoir, and a Van Dyke, its like which one catches whose eye first, there's a bunch of other things I will post but the big boy and the scroll weight caught my eye first... haha.
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