18 novembre 2019

Three small bronze mirrors, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 205. Three small bronze mirrors, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Diameter of the largest 9.2 cm, 3⅝ in. Estimate: 1,500 - 2,000 GBP. Lot sold 1,875 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. each of circular form cast with a hemispherical central knop, the largest and the smallest cast with a band of stylised archaistic characters, the third decorated with a simplified TLV-pattern. Provenance: Collection of Astrid Ibsen-Sørensen (1892-1987), collected in China before 1936. In the family by descent. ... [Lire la suite]
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18 novembre 2019

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, Jue, Shang Dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC)

Lot 123. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, Jue, Shang Dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC); 19.5cm (7 5/8in) high. Estimate: £18,000 - £20,000. Sold for £ 22,562 (€ 26,339). Photo: Bonhams. The vessel with a deep U-shaped body rising from three splayed triangular blade legs to a pointed rim opposite a guttered spout flanked by a pair of posts capped with conical 'fire-whorl' medallions, the exterior boldly cast with two taotie masks with bulging eyes separated by flanges, one side set with a loop handle issuing from... [Lire la suite]
18 novembre 2019

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover, Gui, Western Zhou dynasty (1050-771 BC)

Lot 206. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover, Gui, Western Zhou dynasty (1050-771 BC). Width across handles 27.5 cm, 10¾ in. Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 GBP. Lot sold 68,750 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's the deep U-shaped sides flaring slightly at the mouth, flanked by a pair of loop handles issuing from bovine masks and terminating in a pendent tab, cast around the body with a large band featuring a pair of prominent confronted kui dragons and centered on a raised mask forming a... [Lire la suite]
18 novembre 2019

An archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover, ding, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Lot 204. An archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover, ding, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC). Width 30.4 cm, 12 in. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 12,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's the compressed globular body rising from three cabriole legs issuing from animal-masks to a tapering rim, set with upright loop handles, the body decorated with two registers of interlocking zoomorphic geometric scrolls, the domed cover cast with three recumbent buffaloes and centered on a loose ring handle. ... [Lire la suite]
18 novembre 2019

Troy: Myth & Reality at British Museum, London

Terracotta face pot from Troy, c. 2550–1750 BC, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte. Photograph © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Photo: Claudia Plamp. LONDON - The British Museum announces its major exhibition for Autumn 2019. The BP exhibition Troy: myth and reality will be the first major Troy exhibition in the UK. It will reveal the lasting legacy of stories from the Trojan War, first told by early poets such as Homer and Virgil and retold and reinterpreted right up to the present day. The show... [Lire la suite]