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Want to offer you the possibility to admire authentic jewelry collections that are or should be in a museum, the images displayed on our online museum are obtained from private collections, collections experts and partners of Darley's Auctions or museums, these  antiques pieces are tested by internationally recognized experts and specialists.

       Nacional Museum of China


Spring Autumn Period 770-476 BCE / Warring 476-221 BC and BCE / BC Zhou Dynasty.

The extraordinary collection consists of a large number of Chinese archaic bronzes including bronzes of Zhang and Zhou Dynasty, these are outstanding amazing bronzes with black oxidation ( Hei Xi Gu ) and decorated in gold and silver filigree. This type of Chinese archaic bronzes are possibly the most admired and sought of all the ancient bronzes of the Chinese Dynasties.

These bronzes have been tested by professional experts in archaic Chinese bronzes, as experts from China Shanghai Museum, world-renowned experts from Hong Kong and Paris, France. We have also made ​​dozens of metallographic analysis by fluorescence microscopy or X-ray microscopy scanning electron (SEM) or energy dispersive microanalysis RX (EDAX) these analyzes have reinforced the authenticity of the collection, demonstrating that the oxidation of both the bronze as the one from the gold or the avocado match with the antique bronzes.


Photos provided for our online museum from Amorós Family, Valencia, Spain.



Bronze inlaid with gold and silver

Warring Zhou dynasty , china 400-230 Ac


Exceptional face of a camel bronze with black oxidation from Hei Xi Gu, the detail are in gold and silver , the camel may be made for monitoring the tomb of a Chinese emperor of the period described above, the master of Chinese archaic bronzes Mr. Albert Du described it this way, while studying the bronze that belongs to the Amorós family and the translating the letters that the camel has on his face which is an ancient writing made ​​of gold and has the letters bird format, I descovered the name of a Chinese emperor of the Chu family. The bronze is completely covered with filigree spirals and geometric patterns, all executed with great craftsmanship art. Entirely coated in a very thin layer of black oxidation caused by the chemical corrosion of the funerary environment where the bronze was, which made ​​the oxidation protect it from other more severe corrosions. In some areas, especially in the lower part, the abrasive corrosion is caused by the sulfate the the copper alloy of the same bronze, which is clearly greenish, slightly damaged his precious black membrane obtained through thousands of years.

Form of the broze with silver and gold craftsmanship.

The art of the gold and silver inlay began in the latest Shang's Dynasty and at the beginning of the Zhou's dynasty, this is because in the previous dynasties they were never able to achieve such perfection in bronze gold and silver inlaid craft. This type of work is the most admired of the archaic bronze of China although this skill was acquired nearly a thousand years after the appearance of other bronzes, the autumn spring of the Zhou's Dynasty was the moment when that technical craft of gold and silver inlaid bronzes started, those bronzes were prepared for the most important characters of that moment: emperors , royal family, great generals,etc. This extraordinary art was perfected in the last stage of the Zhou's Dynasty, called Warring States from 476 to 221 BC, in which the craftsmanship of gold and silver inlaid reached its highest expression, reaching to be named in posposteriores dynasties as the evening of archaic bronze, the most similar work was obtained from 206 to 9 aC in the Han's dynasty.


This photos shows a bronze mirror, this kind of beauty accessory was only used by the emperor and his family, or people details that had permission from the emperor to enjoy this or another type of bronzes. Unlike other bronze mirrors of this time, this one has an extraordinary finish in the center of the mirror on the part where all the details are in gold and silver, we find a small ripple in a half sphere, crossed in the middle, in this space a silk ribbon was placed so it is easier to grab. The other side of the mirror, it just has the name's owner. The mirror was a flat part of the bronze that had a extremely smoothy finish which was highly polished, this produced a mirror effect. If we look closely at the details of this fabulous mirror, it has letters inscribed on some of the bronzes in this collection, while being written in different forms, all this letters hsve the name of the same person or family, this shows that most of these bronzes, belonged to a single family or emperor, we camo to this conclusion after different experts studied almost the whole collection.



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