WARRING STATES PERIOD (481-221BCE), FITTED WITH AN 18TH CENTURY STAND
The circular chariot fitting is cast in bronze and inlaid with silver wire decoration of a banded cloud design. The ring was fitted with a zitan stand during the 18th century and turned into a fang quan, an implement used to centre a seal impression on a painting or calligraphic work.
An archaic bronze ring with a similar inlaid decoration in gold and silver wire, formerly in the Bishop W.C. White Collection, is published in Chinese Art in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1972, pp. 112-113, Catalogue No. 73
A cloisonné example of a fang quan is published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Small Refined Articles of the Study 文玩, Shanghai, 2009, p. 169, Catalogue No. 54