Gilded Sea Beast Antique Door Knocker
This Gilded Sea Beast Antique Door Knocker is a rare find. It is similar to Victorian and Greco Roman dolphin form door knockers. However, this form is more like a sea serpent or "Ti-lung” dragon from Chinese folklore. Its snout is clear defined as are the scales of the body and tail fins. It is believed to be Chinese, as it was purchased at an estate sale of a Chinese family along with many other Chinese items.
The door knocker is 6 inches long and is quite heavy, weighing a little more than 2 lbs. There is no damage; however there are remnants of white paint around the base and a few other small spots (see pictures). I was able to remove some with my nail but did not want to risk damaging the gilding.