21 février 2017

Early Bronzes at Shanxi Provincial Museum

Dragon-Shaped Gong, Shang Dynasty, 16th - 11th century BC © Shanxi Provincial Museum This Shang dynasty gong is shaped, as usual, like a dragon with bottle horns; its body, however, is elongated compared to other examples. The object is a wine container, made beautiful by the bronze-caster's art. A close up of the dragon's head, and rubbings of the reliefs on the dragon's body, are shown at left. The top of the dragons's body is a lid, that is lifted by the raised knob that can be seen in the photo. This knob could also be... [Lire la suite]

20 février 2017

Two bronze 'Doe' yoke ornaments, circa 5th-4th century BC

Lot 822. Two bronze 'Doe' yoke ornaments, circa 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 Each is hollow cast, the larger standing figure has upright ears and small holes that pierce the legs. The other is shown recumbent with legs tucked under the body, the ears upright, the tail flicked and the mouth formed by a tubular aperture. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high, 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm.) long, boxes Provenance: Standing deer: J. J. Klejman, New York, 23 February 1972.Recumbent... [Lire la suite]
20 février 2017

An unusual bronze harness fitting with jingle, Northwest China, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 821. An unusual bronze harness fitting with jingle, Northwest China, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The upper section of the flat-backed fitting is a rounded openwork jingle enclosing a loose ball that is formed by five rams, their muzzles joined at the center, on the reverse are four attachment loops, the lower section is a trefoil flange pierced with scrolls. The front of the ornament is tinned. 3 ¼ in. (8.2 cm.) long Provenance: Sotheby’s... [Lire la suite]
20 février 2017

A bronze ram-form yoke ornament, circa 5th-4th century BC

Lot 820. A bronze ram-form yoke ornament, circa 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The fitting is hollow cast either as a ram or an ibex shown standing atop two pierced flanges. 2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm.) high Provenance: Sotheby’s New York, 29 November 1989, lot 280.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida. Note: A similar ornament is illustrated by E.C. Bunker et al., Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M.... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A bronze ibex ornament, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 819. A bronze ibex ornament, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 1,500 - USD 2,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The ornament is heavily cast as a recumbent ibex with backward-turned head, and a horizontal attachment loop is on the reverse. There is extensive malachite encrustation. 2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) high Provenance: Sotheby's London, 10-11 December 1992, lot 318.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida. Literature: E. C. Bunker, et al., "Animal Style" Art from East to West,... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A very rare and important bronze horse harness frontlet, Northwest China, 6th century BC

Lot 818. A very rare and important bronze horse harness frontlet, Northwest China, 6th century BC. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The harness fitting is well cast in relief as a stylized bovine head with a broad nose below deep, curved grooves that frame the almond-shaped eyes and lead to the small heart-shaped ears below the upswept horns that curve outward at the tips. Two horizontal attachment loops are next to each other in the center of the plain reverse. The front has... [Lire la suite]

19 février 2017

A pair of bronze tiger-shaped ornaments, circa 5th-3rd century BC

Lot 817. A pair of bronze tiger-shaped ornaments, circa 5th-3rd century BC. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each is cast as a tiger with a partially devoured rabbit dangling from its jaws, and a rabbit head forms the tip of the tail. The eye, ear, fanged jaws and paws are delineated by openings and D-shaped openings in the body refer to the stripes of the hide. Each has two slender vertical straps for attachment on the reverse. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) wide Provenance: J. J. Lally... [Lire la suite]
18 février 2017

A bronze knife, Northeast China, 8th-7th century BC

Lot 816. A bronze knife, Northeast China, 8th-7th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The knife has an integrally cast curved blade and an openwork hilt formed by intertwining serpent bodies. A small oblong loop with projecting, flat D-shaped tab is at the end of the hilt. 9 ¾ in. (25 cm.) long Provenance: The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1978. Literature: The Art of the Oriental Bronze Metallurgist: China, Korea, Japan (1500-1911), Miami, Lowe... [Lire la suite]
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18 février 2017

A bronze openwork belt hook, circa 5th-3rd century BC

Lot 815. A bronze openwork belt hook, circa 5th-3rd century BC. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The rectangular belt hook is cast in openwork with a fleeing stag being attacked from behind by a wolf, a hook is at one end and a circular button is on the reverse. There is malachite encrustation on both sides. 5 ¼ in. (13.5 cm.) wide, box Provenance: The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, 1990. Note: Compare the larger (8 in. long) bronze openwork belt hook of this... [Lire la suite]
18 février 2017

A finely cast bronze dagger, Northwest China, 7th-6th century BC

Lot 814. A finely cast bronze dagger, Northwest China, 7th-6th century BC. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The tapering blade issues from a taotie mask that forms the guard below the hollow-cast hilt decorated on each side with eight panels of leiwen separated in the center by narrow slits, and on the narrow sides and end of the butt with arrow-shaped slits. 10 ¾ in. (27.2 cm) long Provenance: Christie’s New York, 1 December 1988, lot 141.The Erwin... [Lire la suite]