21 février 2020

A fine bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th - 10th century BC

Lot 153. A fine bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 6 3/4  in., 17.1 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 100,000 USD. Lot sold 162,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the trilobed body supported on three columnar legs, each lobe centered with a taotie mask with protruding eyes, reserved on a dense leiwen ground, the lipped rim set with two upright loop handles, a later added two-character... [Lire la suite]

21 février 2020

A fine bronze ritual food vessel (gui), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th - 10th century BC

Lot 154. A fine bronze ritual food vessel (gui), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th - 10th century BC. Length 11 1/2  in., 29.2 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 175,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped sides flaring slightly at the mouth, cast with a taotie mask with large C-shaped horns and a bovine head in high relief on each side, the vessel flanked by a pair of loop handles each issuing from a bovine mask and terminating in a hooked... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2020

Three bronze circular mirrors, Sui-Tang dynasty, 6th-8th century

Lot 1272. Three bronze circular mirrors, Sui-Tang dynasty, 6th-8th century; 3 5/8, 6 and 3¾ in. (9.2, 15.2 and 9.5 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. One cast with four animals racing around the central knob, within a raised border and an inscription in the outer field, below dogtooth and scallop borders; the largest with a band of tiny bosses encircling the knob, in the outer field four masks face the center as two pairs... [Lire la suite]
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17 février 2020

A silvery bronze 'Lion and grapevine' circular mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1269. A silvery bronze 'Lion and grapevine' circular mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907); 4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. Crisply cast, the central knob formed as a crouching animal encircled by five lions frolicking amidst grapevine within a raised border, the outer field with various birds and insects in flight amidst further grapevine below a band of detached clouds, with some malachite... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2020

A silvery-grey bronze eight-lobed mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1268. A silvery-grey bronze eight-lobed mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907); 5 in. (12.7 cm.) across. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 8,125. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The central knob flanked by two parrots with backward-turned heads grasping flower sprigs in their beaks, with a mandarin duck nestled within a lotus leaf above the knob and a lotus flower borne on twin roots below, with insects alternating with flower sprigs in the eight lobes of the rim, with... [Lire la suite]
16 février 2020

Three bronze 'TLV' circular mirrors, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8)

Lot 1256. Three bronze 'TLV' circular mirrors, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8); 5 1/8, 6¼ and 4 5/16 in. (13, 16 and 11 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. Of various sizes, all with the central knob within a square, and the outer field with eight nipples arranged around the T, L and V motifs: on the first are various animals and birds cast in thread relief and an outer hatchured border; on the second there are also... [Lire la suite]

16 février 2020

Two bronze circular mirrors, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8)

Lot 1255. Two bronze circular mirrors, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8); 7½ and 6 5/8 in. (19 and 16.8 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 35,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The larger well cast with triple fluted knob surrounded by a patterned ground repeated in the outer field as the ground for three dragons with large heads and interlocking scrolling bodies; the other with a large knob encircled by nine nipples separating characters... [Lire la suite]
16 février 2020

An unusual large bronze bell, nao, Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC)

Lot 1262. An unusual large bronze bell, nao, Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC); 17 in. (43.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 242,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. Of lenticular section, each side cast in high relief with rows of pointed bosses alternating with rows of scrolls cast in thread relief set within a panel divided in the center by a bifurcated band, above a small thread-relief scroll panel flanked by two unusual 'dragons', the tubular... [Lire la suite]
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16 février 2020

A rare bronze figural stand, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 1261. A rare bronze figural stand, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 6¾ in. (17.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 98,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. Cast as a foreigner with arms outstretched holding a conical receptacle in his right hand, wearing a loin cloth and seated atop a chimera standing in an aggresive pose with its mouth open in a fierce roar above its long, trailing beard, its curved horns curled back behind the ears and the tufts of hair... [Lire la suite]
16 février 2020

A small unusual bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 1260. A small unusual bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 6 in. (15.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The deep, rounded body raised on three slender legs and applied with a pair of bird-form handles suspending loose rings, the flat cover with three finials cast as seated birds with curled tails, the three birds functioning as feet when the cover is inverted, with grey and... [Lire la suite]