Lot 159 , China, 17 bronze or copper charms or amulets, Qing dynasty or earlier,
China, 17 bronze or copper charms or amulets, Qing dynasty or earlier, fifteen with pictorial obverse and reverse, one example with a single character, 30mm-63mm, ranging from F-VF, one cast in high relief with two chilong, rev. plain, 56mm and a poorly cast zodiac charm, probably a later copy, 65mm
Provenance - Alfred Theodore Arber-Cooke (c.1905-1993); thence by family descent. Arber-Cooke was an antiquarian and avid collector of Asian works of art, coins and antiquities principally collecting from the 1930s to the 1970s. He amassed a good reference library on Chinese & Asian coins and wrote on several occasions (1969-70) to to the academic F.A. Turk regarding the study of coin amulets and other non-currency coinages of China. A number of the Asian numismatic reference books will be offered in our 29th March sale.
Arber-Cooke initially lived in Wimbledon, Greater London and was involved with the Surrey Archaeological Society. He wrote the book 'Old Wimbledon', with a foreword the MP Sir Arthur Fell, published in 1927. He later moved to Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, Wales, again involved with local archaeology and wrote the History of Llandovery, published in 1975.
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Sold for £2,600