in the form of Aristotle and Phyllis, late 14th/15th century, South Netherlandish, bronze, ht 32.5cm.
A beautiful late 13th to 14th century aquamanile
from the Cwm Nant hoard,found near Llanbedr in 1918, which is going on show in Cardiff: organisers want to talk to the descendants of the finder to discover more about the find
Dating directly from the Middle Ages is a group of no less inventive aquamaniles
at Christie's London.
A 13th or 14th Century 'aquamanile
' (pictured) which would have been used for holding liquid in hand-washing ceremonies.
While a 13th-century bronze aquamanile
in the form of a standing lion doubled expectations at Artcurial, it was a 12th-century German aquamanile
in the far less common form of a dragon or griffin that attracted most attention at Christie's London on 2 December, in the firm's first stand-alone sculpture sale for over a decade.
S&J Stodel offers Chinese export silver vessels, Robert Kleiner Chinese jade snuff bottles and Amir Mohtashemi, the likes of a Deccan brass zoomorphic aquamanile
in the shape of a peacock (18th century).
Other highlights range from a stately 13thcentury bronze aquamanile
in the form of a lion (estimate 200,000[pounds sterling]-300,000[pounds sterling]) to an early--and unique--twisted and bent iron piece by Eduardo Chillida entitled Katezale (Enchained).