25 mars 2017

A very rare large ‘Mythical Animals and Grapes’ bronze mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 82. A very rare large ‘Mythical Animals and Grapes’ bronze mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907). Estimate HKD 700,000 - HKD 900,000 (USD 90,522 - USD 116,385). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The thick mirror is finely cast in high relief with six lively mythical animals, including a mythical horse, tianlu and bixie. Each animal is accompanied by its young, galloping above waves and amid grapevines around the central knob in the form of a recumbent toad, within a narrow border of dragonflies and... [Lire la suite]

21 mars 2017

Two rare and important Imperial gilt-bronze ritual 'ruibin' bells, bianzhong, Qianlong mark and of the period

Lot 2101. A rare and important Imperial gilt-bronze ritual 'ruibin' bell, bianzhong, Qianlong mark and of the period, dated Qianlong 8th year, corresponding to 1743. Estimate  USD  600,000 ~ 1,000,000. Sold for US$ 607,500 (€565,011). Photo: Bonhams. Finely-cast in concave cylindrical form, the flat top surmounted by a pair of addorsed crouching dragons, intricately worked with scaled, arched backs, the large heads with ferocious expressions and mouths agape to reveal pointed fangs,... [Lire la suite]
15 mars 2017

A 'Longquan' celadon 'lotus' bowl, Southern Song dynasty

Lot 651. A 'Longquan' celadon 'lotus' bowl, Southern Song dynasty. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's  finely potted in low relief, the deep rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot, the exterior subtly molded with a band of overlapping lotus petals, covered overall with a soft blue-green glaze, save for the unglazed footring revealing the gray stoneware body. Diameter 6 1/2  in., 16.5 cm.  Provenance: Christie's New York, 10th December 1987, lot 196.Christie's New York,... [Lire la suite]
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09 mars 2017

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC)

Lot 598. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty  (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC). Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the deep lobed bowl rising from three tall cylindrical legs to an everted rim, set to the top with a pair of upright loop handles, finely cast to the exterior with three intricate taotie masks with protruding eyes and horns divided by flanges against a dense leiwen ground, all below a band of cicada motifs,... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2017

A rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC)

Lot 597. A rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty  (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC). Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of slender waisted form, finely cast around the mid-section with pairs of taotie masks with raised eyes divided by notched flanges, above a pair of bowstrings interrupted by two apertures, the splayed foot similarly decorated in an openwork design, the tall flared neck encircled by four upright... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2017

A rare bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, Late Shang dynasty (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC)

Lot 596. A rare bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, Late Shang dynasty  (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC). Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. rising from a splayed foot to an everted rim, the central section cast in relief with two taotie masks with bulging eyes on a leiwen ground divided by narrow flanges between double bowstring bands, the interior with a three-character inscription, the dark brownish-green patina with some light malachite encrustation, wood stand,... [Lire la suite]

09 mars 2017

An archaic bronze ritual blade, kui, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th - 11th century BC

Lot 595. An archaic bronze ritual blade, kui, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th - 11th century BC. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. finely cast of triangular shape with matching relief on both sides and an upturned curly-bracket-form shield rising from the base, spreading across the base of each side a wide taotie mask in high relief over a leiwen ground, five smaller low-relief taotie masks descending along the central axis, with mask-like imagery... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2017

An openwork archaic bronze axe blade, Eastern Zhou dynasty, late 6th - 5th century BC

Lot 594. An openwork archaic bronze axe blade, Eastern Zhou dynasty, late 6th - 5th century BC. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the bell-profile blade issuing from the rectangular tang, cast on both sides with a zigzag band at the base and a raised V-shape extending to the plain band at the blade's edge, the sides flanked by sinewy reticulated dragons, pierced in the tang and in the shaft, the patina of mottled russet and pale and olive greens. Length 5 1/8  in., 13 cm ... [Lire la suite]
01 mars 2017

A glass-inlaid gold and silver decorated-bronze belt hook, Warring States-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8)

Lot 870. A glass-inlaid gold and silver decorated-bronze belt hook, Warring States-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8). Estimate: USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The pierced, hollow broad end is cast as an animal head with ribbed horns that curve backwards to surround a circular glass inlay above back-swept, silvered scrolls on the ribbed sides. A silver ribbed band is at the base of the neck of the dragon-head hook which has inlaid glass eyes. 3 in. (7.6 cm.) long ... [Lire la suite]
01 mars 2017

A gilt-bronze taotie mask fitting with loose ring handle, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 861. A gilt-bronze taotie mask fitting with loose ring handle, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Estimate: USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The well-cast mask is finely detailed with striated hair markings and a ring-punched ground and suspends a loose ring from the down-turned nose which continues into a rectangular tab on the back below another tab pierced for attachment. 6 in. (15.2 cm.) high overall, stand Provenance: Christie’s New York, 1 December 1988, lot 150.The... [Lire la suite]