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]
17 novembre 2019

A Ming-style blue and white bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 111. A Ming-style blue and white bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 32cm (12 1/2in) high. Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000. Sold for £ 16,312 (€ 19,043). Photo: Bonhams.  The globular body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall elegant waisted neck, finely painted in rich 'heaped and piled' cobalt-blue tones with a composite flower scroll band, all between lotus lappet and 'classic' scroll bands at the base and a ruyi-band at the shoulder, the neck with stiff... [Lire la suite]

17 novembre 2019

A rare pair of Ming-style blue and white saucer-dishes, Yongzheng six character marks and of the period

Lot 80.  A rare pair of Ming-style blue and white saucer-dishes, Yongzheng six character marks and of the period (1723-1735); Each 11.8cm (4 5/8in) diam. Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000. Sold for £ 30,062 (€ 35,095). Photo: Bonhams.  Each with gently curving sides raised on a short tapering foot, the interior painted in vivid shades of blue with lotus and peony flower heads on a dense ground of scrolling foliage, surrounded by further meander bordered by a stylised scrolling band to the rim, the... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

A large blue and white 'Hundred Antiques' jar and cover, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 106. A large blue and white 'Hundred Antiques' jar and cover, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 81cm (31 7/8in) high. Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000. Sold for £ 10,062 (€ 11,747). Photo: Bonhams.  Finely painted around the exterior with shaped panels containing auspicious and scholarly objects known collectively as the 'one hundred antiques' motif as well as flowers and birds, all reserved on a diaper-pattern ground, the waisted neck with a scrolling band of chysanthemums, the domed cover similarly decorated... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

A pair of blue and white flaring vases, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 100. A pair of blue and white flaring vases, Kangxi period (1662-1722). The tallest 49cm (19 1/4in) high. Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000. Sold for £ 7,562 (€ 8,828). Photo: Bonhams.  Each of baluster form rising to a flared foliate rim, densely painted in vibrant blue around the exterior with different registers of scrolling branches and blossoming peonies, the foot and rim moulded with petal-shaped panels containing further sprigs of flowers. Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 7 Nov... [Lire la suite]
17 novembre 2019

A blue and white ewer for the Islamic market, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lor 98.  A blue and white ewer for the Islamic market, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 28cm (11in) high. Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000. Sold for £ 4,437 (€ 5,180). Photo: Bonhams.  The flattened pear-shaped sides brightly painted on both sides with rockwork issuing sprays of blossoms, all surrounded by floral sprigs on the rest of the body, the spout and handle with stylised cloud motifs. Note: The shape of this ewer derives from metal vessels, known as aftaba, which were produced in Turkey and India... [Lire la suite]