31 juillet 2017

A rare silver spherical censer, Tang dynasty, 8th-9th century

Lot 56. A rare silver spherical censer, Tang dynasty, 8th-9th century, 5cm., 2in. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 GBP. Lot sold 84,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. comprised of two reticulated half-spheres banded and joined at the median by a hook on one side and a hinge on the other, one half worked with an overall pattern of scrolled leafy tendrils surrounding confronting pairs of birds feeding on grape vines, on the lower half incorporating palmette leaves, the interior with an arrangement of two silver bands... [Lire la suite]
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31 juillet 2017

Censer, Tang dynasty (618–907), 8th–9th century

Censer, Tang dynasty (618–907), 8th–9th century. Silver. Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm). Rogers Fund, 1921, 21.146 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art This spherical censer was originally suspended from a chain. The interior hemispherical bowl for incense is hung on gimbals so that it remains upright as the censer is swung.
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31 juillet 2017

Censer, chased silver, Tang dynasty (618-960)

Censer, chased silver, Tang dynasty (618-960). Height: 4.3 cm, Diameter: 7.5 cm. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee, M.98-1938 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. This censer consists of two hemispherical shells which are locked together by a bayonet fitting to form a sphere. A series of rings inside one another were attached to one half to ensure that the central saucer remained upright even when the incense burner... [Lire la suite]
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31 juillet 2017

Chased and gilt silver eight-lobed dish, China, Tang dynasty (618-960)

Chased and gilt silver eight-lobed dish, China, Tang dynasty (618-960). Length: 18.8 cm. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee, M.35-1935 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. Eight-lobed silver dish with oval domed hollow foot; at each end of the internal surface there is a chased and gilt fish and a gilt band runs along the internal rim. This eight-lobed dish was hammered out of silver sheets and decorated with a thin... [Lire la suite]
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31 juillet 2017

Ladle with goose-shaped finial, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Ladle with goose-shaped finial, Tang dynasty (618-907). Beaten silver. Length: 19.4 cm. From the Eumorfopoulos collection, purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committe, M.101-1938 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. Silver ladle with long curved handle ending as a duck's head and an almost hemispherical bowl. This ladle was probably used in preparation for drinking; a smaller, flatter type of spoon would have been... [Lire la suite]
31 juillet 2017

Silver cup with handle, China, Tang dynasty (618-960)

Silver cup with handle, China, Tang dynasty (618-960). Chased and punched silver. Height: 5.1 cm, Diameter: 6.5 cm. From the Eumorfopoulos collection, purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee, M.32-1935 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. Silver cup of inverted bell shape with small hollow foot and loop handle with thumb piece, decorated with a chased design of floral scrolls on a ground of finely punched dots. This... [Lire la suite]
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31 juillet 2017

A rare begonia-shaped parcel-gilt silver stembowl, Tang dynasty, 8th century

Lot 51. A rare begonia-shaped parcel-gilt silver stembowl, Tang dynasty, 8th century, 15.4cm., 6 1/4 in. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 78,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the bowl in the shape of a begonia flower rising from a gently spreading quatrefoil foot with a beaded border in repoussé, the interior of the bowl finely engraved and parcel-gilt with a central dragon-fish surrounded by four geese in flight, all amidst large scrolling feathery leaves and reserved on a... [Lire la suite]
31 juillet 2017

Lobed ladle with floral scrolls, early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–early 8th century

Lobed ladle with floral scrolls,  China, Shaanxi province, probably Xi’an, early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–early 8th century.  Hammered silver with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration,   Purchase .  Freer Gallery of Art, F1944.58 © 2017 Smithsonian Institution  
31 juillet 2017

A very fine small silver ladle, Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century

Lot 62. A very fine small silver ladle, Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century, 26cm., 10 1/4 in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 96,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the deep petal-lobed bowl delicately chased and engraved with small birds amongst flowering scrolling foliage on a regularl ring-matted ground, the generously gauged and elegantly curved bird-headed handle similarly decorated on the front with a sinuous foliate meander. Weight: 67.5g. Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl... [Lire la suite]
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31 juillet 2017

Wine cup with ring handle, birds, animals, and grapevines, early Tang dynasty, late 7th century

Wine cup with ring handle, birds, animals, and grapevines, China, Shaanxi province, probably Xi’an, early Tang dynasty, late 7th century © 2017 Smithsonian Institution Although they look like tea cups, Chinese vessels such as this resemble earlier Sogdian gilt silver and gilt bronze wine cups. Their purpose is subtly suggested by the grapevine motif on the cup’s surface. Surprisingly, the cup appears to have been made using two different shaping techniques. The body, bottom, and foot were hammered from separate... [Lire la suite]