Two hardstone-inlaid gilt belt buckles, late Qing Dynasty. Estimate £800 – 1,200 (1,100 – 1,600). Photo Bonhams.
One mounted with rough cut quartz and green hardstone each surrounded by four of the Eight Daoist Emblems in gilt bronze repoussé, the clasp formed as a mythical beast’s head set with moonstone and red jewelled eyes; the other with gilt bronze scrolled bases mounted with sunstone and sapphire on one side and pale green hardstone on the other. The larger 15cm (6in) long (4).
Bonhams. ASIAN ART, 25 Feb 2015 10:30 GMT – LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE