01 mars 2015

A bronze ritual wine vessel (gu), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

A bronze ritual wine vessel (gu), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of slender form with a wide flaring trumpet mouth and tall spreading foot, cast around the central bulb with confronting kui dragons forming taotie masks centered on vertical flanges, a pictogram on interior of foot, the greenish-gray patina with malachite encrustation. Height 8 in., 20.3 cm Provenance: A private New York collection formed... [Lire la suite]

01 mars 2015

A bronze ritual wine vessel (jue), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

A bronze ritual wine vessel (jue), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Estimate 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of a deep U-shape, supported on three splayed blade-form legs, the body cast with a pair of taotie masks against a leiwen ground, the spout flanked by a pair of capped finials, the side set with a loop handle over a single pictograph reading min, the surface with patches of malachite and ferrous encrustation. Height 7 3/4  in.,... [Lire la suite]
01 mars 2015

The Quan Zu Xin Zu Gui Ding: An important inscribed bronze tripod, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

The Quan Zu Xin Zu Gui Ding: An important inscribed bronze tripod, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Estimate 450,000 — 650,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the deep round body supported on three cylindrical legs, the lipped rim raised with two upright large loop handles, a band below the rim filled with six serpents interspersed with whorl-roundels in relief, the central body with three large taotie motifs, with bulging eyes, intersected by flanges, all against a... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2015

Three bronze mirrors with inscriptions, Han dynasty

Three bronze mirrors with inscriptions, Han dynasty. Estimation 2,000 — 3,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. thinly cast, each with clouds, stylized dragons and geometric designs, the inscriptions all in zhuanshu seal-script - Diameter of largest 4 3/8  in., 11.1 cm Provenance: Collection of Mackenzie Gordon, Jr., Washington D.C. Notes: Inscriptions: (1) May you attain one of the Three Orders of Dukedom. (2) You Sir, possess the qualifications for high official post. (3) Continue... [Lire la suite]
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28 février 2015

A bronze 'Mythical Beasts' mirror with inscription, Sui dynasty

A bronze 'Mythical Beasts' mirror with inscription, Sui dynasty. Estimation 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. cast with a central hemispherical knob enclosed by an octagonal frame, and six compartments each with a mythical beast, along the outer band an inscription written in kaishu style - Diameter 7 1/4  in., 18.4 cm Provenance: Private Asian collection, circa 1980-90, by repute.  Notes:  Translation of the inscription:   A coiling dragon decorates the fine... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2015

A bronze 'Mythical Beasts' mirror with inscription, Sui-Early Tang dynasty

A bronze 'Mythical Beasts' mirror with inscription, Sui-Early Tang dynasty. Estimation 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. cast with a hemispherical knob encircled by four mythical beasts, the outer field cast with an inscription inkaishu, all within narrow dogtooth borders. Diameter 4 3/4  in., 12 cm Provenance: Private Asian collection, circa 1980-90, by repute.  Notes:  Translation of the inscription:  Gladly have I obtained the mirror of the King of Qin,... [Lire la suite]


28 février 2015

A bronze 'Mythical Beasts' mirror with inscription, Sui-Early Tang dynasty

A bronze 'Mythical Beasts' mirror with inscription, Sui-Early Tang dynasty. Estimation 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. cast in the central field with four mythical beasts encircling the hemispherical knob, within a dogtooth border, the outer border with a twenty-character inscription written in kaishu style. Diameter 4 3/4  in., 12 cm Provenance: Private Asian collection, circa 1980-90, by repute.  Notes:  Translation of the inscription:  (The... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2015

Two bronze 'Dragon' and 'Mythical Beast' mirrors, Han dynasty and Tang dynasty

Two bronze 'Dragon' and 'Mythical Beast' mirrors, Han dynasty and Tang dynasty. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the first from the Han Dynasty, cast around the central knob with dragons emerging from clouds, the inscription written in lishu (Han clerical script) style; the second, Tang Dynasty, cast with four mythical beasts chasing each other, the inscription written in kaishu (Tang standard script). Diameter of larger 5 1/2  in., 14 cm ... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2015

A bronze 'Mythical Beasts' mirror with inscription, Sui-Early Tang dynasty

A bronze 'Mythical Beasts' mirror with inscription, Sui-Early Tang dynasty. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the pierced central knob surrounded by four mythical beasts in pursuit of one another, encircled by an inscription written in kaishu, enclosed by raised borders of various geometric designs. Diameter 5 1/8  in., 13 cm Provenance: Private Asian collection, circa 1980-90, by repute. Notes:  Translation of the inscription: (The mirror) is bright... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2015

An important bronze 'Zodiac' mirror with inscription, Sui dynasty

An important bronze 'Zodiac' mirror with inscription, Sui dynasty. Estimation  50,000 — 70,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of circular form, the central knob surrounded by a dragon and the 'animals of the four directions', the dragon representing the east, the phoenix representing the south, the tiger the west, and the snake-encoiled turtle the north, further surrounded by an inscription in kaishu, encircled with a band of the twelve zodiac animals. Diameter 8 1/2  in., 21.5 cm Provenance: Private... [Lire la suite]


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