06 août 2017

A pair of gold and glass fittings, Warring States Period

Lot 15. A pair of gold and glass fittings, Warring States Period (475-221 BC), 6.7cm., 2 5/8 in. each. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 2,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's each of circular form and decorated with a central, slightly convex glass 'eye' beaded disc enclosed by cast bronze ring covered with a thin sheet gold and composed of three fluted bands, the back with thick malachite encrustation. Quantity: 2. Weight 147g. Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in... [Lire la suite]
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06 août 2017

A gold-foil fitting, Warring States Period

Lot 14. A gold-foil fitting, Warring States Period (475-221 BC), 12cm., 4 3/4 in. long. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 2,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's cut from paper-thin gold sheet and beaten in the shape of an animal in profile, the head facing right and with a long pointed snout, the curved body finely decorated with a dense design of intertwined dragons and snakes in repousse, glass frame. Weight 4g. Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl... [Lire la suite]
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06 août 2017

A fine and rare gold finial, Warring States Period

Lot 13. A fine and rare gold finial, Warring States Period (475-221 BC), 3.3cm., 1 1/4 in. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 GBP. Lot sold 120,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's cast as the head of a feline rising from a tubular finial, short twisting horns emerging from behind scrolled ears, eyes glaring beneath scrolled brows, the large snarling mouth with strong jaws, two narrow bands with scrolls and beaded borders decorating the finial, two holes at the base of the tube for attachment. Weight 23g. ... [Lire la suite]
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06 août 2017

A bronze and gold harness fitting, Warring States Period

Lot 12. A bronze and gold harness fitting, Warring States Period (475-221 BC), 4.5cm., 1 3/4 in. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 23,300 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's composed of a thick bronze ring with three solidly cast gold animal heads attached, their raised heads framed by a furled mane and set with short twisting horns and pointed ears above bulging eyes, the curled nostrils flowing to an open mouth. Weight 127g. Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl... [Lire la suite]
06 août 2017

Met Museum Hands Over Two Ancient Objects to Authorities

Terra-cotta bell-krater (mixing bowl). Attributed to Python. Late Classical, ca. 360–350 B.C. Greek, South Italian, Paestan. Terra-cotta; red-figure. Diameter 14 1/2 in. (36.8cm). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. NEW YORK - Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave up a large painted terracotta vase that had been illegally excavated from an ancient burial ground in Italy to the district attorney. The ancient Greek vessel, a krater, shows Dionysus, god of the grape harvest, riding in a cart. In a second bombshell,... [Lire la suite]