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LOT 1124

Estimate
GBP (£) 4,500 - 6,500
EUR (€) 5,380 - 7,770
USD ($) 6,130 - 8,850

Opening Bid
£4,500 (EUR 5,380; USD 6,127) (+bp*)

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Chinese 'The Desmond Morris' Han Tower with Figures

Han Dynasty, 206 BC-220 AD

A glazed ceramic model tower in four separate tiers each with braced and ribbed awnings, a rectangular doorway with ornamental panel above, two dragon-head ornamental guardians(?) and pitched roof with transverse lobe finials; group of six glazed ceramic seated figures. 6.9 kg total, 86cm total (34"). Finely modelled.

Provenance
From the celebrated personal collection of art formed by the famous anthropologist, artist, and television presenter Desmond Morris. Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape, Manwatching, The Naked Eye, and countless other books concerning human and animal behaviour, a professional zoologist, surrealist artist, lecture and television celebrity, has been an avid collector of ancient art; his collection of Cypriot art was sold at Christie's in 2001; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10942-181612.