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Extremely Rare Chou Glass Inlaid Dish, China
Well published and mostly known as the only example, the single famous open jar in the British Museum, (pictured last here), once upon a time, however, a single small example in the Alice Boney collection, likely since, that one probably to Robert Ellsworth's collection, and, the two unknown pieces in this collection. The large one is lot 15, here, and this, the smaller and slightly damaged and repaired piece. I might mention here, the greatest piece of all of ancient Chinese glass is in this collection, along with a few other extremely rare, outstanding pieces of museum treasures of ancient Han and prior to Han Dynasty glass. Here, a smaller exceptional glass inlaid dish of shallow cone form, previously to this offering, unknown. The body, as here and all of the two other examples known are with a body of some kind of an earthenware and glass fusion mix a combination, heavy and particularly dense, not unlike the certain glass fused 'faience' structure of Egyptian pieces. Prior to firing, this dish was 'inlaid' with a linear geometric decorative array of blue colored glass 'string' inlay. This rare thing has been excavated and is obviously not perfect. It also dates from the Eastern Chou Dynasty, likely from early in the Warring States period, about early fourth to century BC. Shortly later, all glass casting, carving and manipulation was understood as learned from other lands. We'll guarantee it as definitely prior to the Han era, pre-Christian, much original burial surface and never offered or seen. Of course, an obvious choice for a fairly easy restoration. 3.5" diameter

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Extremely Rare Chou Glass Inlaid Dish, China

Estimate $1,200 - $2,500Sep 08