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    A Pair of Royal Korean Niello-Inlaid Silver YouCovered Urns in Hardwood Presentation Boxes, Said to Have Been Gifted to The Taisho Emperor, Korea, circa 1912
    Marks: (character marks)
    11-1/4 x 8 x 7-1/2 inches (28.6 x 20.3 x 19.1 cm) (each)
    157.32 troy ounces
    The yue urns, with domed covers with lobed finials, arched handles with anthropomorphic elements, and bulging bodies, and round feet, all profusely inlaid with niello enamel, both housed in hardwood boxes with exposed dovetail joints and character marks incised and painted to the lid, both stored in divided, padded, and silk lined Japanese box.

    The provenance suggests that the pair of yue urns were produced by the Kingdom of Korea's royal atelier at the command of King Li of Korea and presented to Emperor Taisho of Japan, who was in the possession of the yue urns from 1911-1926.


    Condition Report*: Overall excellent condition, with minor losses to the niello enamel, scattered fine surface scratches, scattered pin dents especially handles, edges of the covers, and mouths of the urns, minor wear to the presentation boxes with previous repair to one lid and some wear and dirt accretions to silk lining, with all wear commensurate with age and use.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2019
    19th-20th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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