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A rare glass-inlaid gilt-bronze belt hook

Inlaid belt hook

CM1176

18th century
Length: 4 1/8 in, 10.5 cm

with a ruyi­-shaped head and a spreading shaft. The gilt-bronze belt hook is inlaid in glass, in various colours imitating precious stones, with blossoms against a granulated gilt-bronze ground with raised leaf edges. The reverse is set with a circular button.

Formerly the property of a European private collector, resident in China between 1925 and 1931.