18 septembre 2021

A rare gilt-silver-inset bronze mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907)

  Lot 48. A rare gilt-silver-inset bronze mirror, Tang dynasty (618-907). Diameter 5⅛ in., 13 cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 of floriform with eight petals, the silvered bronze inlaid to one side with a silver sheet with traces of gilt, finely chased with phoenix and mythical beasts encircled by a foliate scroll with birds and chilong, all against a ring-punched ground, centered by a pierced domed knop. Property from the Junkunc Collection ... [Lire la suite]

18 septembre 2021

A large turquoise-inlaid gilt-bronze belthook, Warring States period - Han dynasty

Lot 47. A large turquoise-inlaid gilt-bronze belthook, Warring States period - Han dynasty. Length 9⅜ in., 24 cm. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 The curved and faceted shaft tapering to a small dragon-head hook at one end, inlaid with gold lozenge-shaped panels studded with turquoise bosses at the intersections, the lozenges enclosing a network of intricate geometric designs with further turquoise inlay, the reverse plain and centered with a button with gold-inlaid whorl... [Lire la suite]
18 septembre 2021

A turquoise-inlaid gilt-bronze 'bear' fitting, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Lot 43. A turquoise-inlaid gilt-bronze 'bear' fitting, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Height 4½ in., 11.43 cm. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 well cast as a hollow conical socket issuing from a ferocious bovine mask with bulging eyes and a broad flattened nose, flanked by flaring ears, all below tall curved horns cast with intaglio coil details, the conical socket with further intaglio motifs and pierced with two apertures, the bronze with a reddish-brown patina with malachite... [Lire la suite]
17 septembre 2021

A rare Arabic-inscribed and gilt bronze vessel and stand, Danran Zhai three-character mark, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 230. A rare Arabic-inscribed and gilt bronze vessel and stand Danran Zhai three-character mark, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); 5 9/16in (14.4cm) diameter; 5 ¾in (14.5cm) high. Estimate US$ 25,000 - 35,000 (€ 21,000 - 30,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 The vessel of deep bowl form with out-curving rim cast in relief with full-faced lotus heads on a dense scrolling foliage ground dividing three roundels with Arabic inscriptions set between lappet bands at the foot and further scrolling foliage at the rim, the... [Lire la suite]
15 septembre 2021

A bronze 'mythical beast' pole finial, Shang dynasty

Lot 42. A bronze 'mythical beast' pole finial, Shang dynasty. Height 4½ in., 11.43 cm. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 well cast as a hollow conical socket issuing from a ferocious bovine mask with bulging eyes and a broad flattened nose, flanked by flaring ears, all below tall curved horns cast with intaglio coil details, the conical socket with further intaglio motifs and pierced with two apertures, the bronze with a reddish-brown patina with malachite encrustation, stand. ... [Lire la suite]
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15 septembre 2021

A bronze garlic-head flask (Bianhu), Han dynasty (206 -220 AD)

Lot 41. A bronze garlic-head flask (Bianhu), Han dynasty (206 -220 AD). Width 13½ in., 34.3 cm. Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 of flattened oblong form set over a slightly splayed rectangular foot rising to a short waisted neck and garlic bulb-shaped mouth, the broad sides each with raised and stepped concentric ovals, the narrow sides plain, the surface with grey patina and malachite encrustation. Property from the Estate of John W. Wilkins. Provenance: J.J.... [Lire la suite]

14 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze wine vessel, Jue, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th centuries BCE

  Lot 151. An archaic bronze wine vessel, Gu, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou, 13th-11th centuries BCE; 9 ½in (24.1cm) high. Estimate US$ 50,000 - 70,000  (€ 42,000 - 59,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 With a deep u-shaped body cast in a band below the rim with a dense leiwen-like ground with low-relief vertical flanges suggesting dissolved horned-taotie and with a snake-like row of small bosses on each side, supported on three angled pointed legs, a bovine-headed vertical loop... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze wine vessel, Gu, Late Shang/Early Western Zhou, 13th-11th centuries BCE

  Lot 148. An archaic bronze wine vessel, Gu, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou, 13th-11th centuries BCE; 10in (25.4cm) high. Estimate US$ 70,000 - 90,000  (€ 59,000 - 76,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 The central drum-shaped section and the lower body brilliantly and finely cast with a tight leiwen ground with occasional small bosses indicating taotie and simplified dragon motives, the central section and short spreading foot divided by a thin band pierced with a... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze bell (Bo), Eastern Zhou Dynasty, Spring and Autumn period

  Lot 39. An archaic bronze bell (Bo), Eastern Zhou Dynasty, Spring and Autumn period. Height 10¾ in., 27.2 cm. Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 of tapered oval section, each side cast with four principal registers, the broad lowest register cast in low relief with a taotie mask formed of interlinked dragons, the upper three registers divided by a central vertical panel and each bearing six large hemispherical bosses cast in the form of coiled dragons,... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Gui), Late Shang dynasty

Lot 37. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Gui), Late Shang dynasty. Diameter 10 in., 25.5 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 supported on a tall splayed foot, the wide U-shaped body rising to an everted rim, the central body boldly cast with a wide band of studded bosses arranged in lozenge panels composed of elongated leiwen, surmounted by a narrow band of kuilong with bulging eyes against a leiwen ground, evenly divided by... [Lire la suite]