21 mai 2022

A bronze 'erotica' mirror, Song dynasty (960-1279)

  Lot 3671. A bronze 'erotica' mirror, Song dynasty (960-1279); 9.7 by 9.7 cm. Lot sold 88,200 HKD (Estimate : 70,000 - 90,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 Property from the Bertholet Collection. Literature: Ferry M. Bertholet, Concubines and Courtesans: Women in Chinese Erotic Art, Brussels, 2010, pl. 65. Exhibited: The Chinese Pleasure Garden: Erotic Art from the Bertholet Collection, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, 2011. Gardens of Pleasure: Sex in Ancient China. An Exhibition... [Lire la suite]

14 mai 2022

Two small blue and white vessels, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

Lot 40. Two small blue and white vessels, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) & a small blue and white globular jarlet, Annam, 13th century. Height of the tallest 8.3 cm, 3 1/4 in. Lot sold 6,300 GBP (Estimate : 3,000 - 5,000 GBP). © Sotheby's 2022 Provenance: The smaller jar with handles: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 1st December 1977, lot 396. The other jar with handles: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5th December 1978, lot 558. The Annamese jar: Sotheby's Park Bernet, 3rd October 1978, lot 49. ... [Lire la suite]
01 avril 2022

An important and very rare inlaid bronze facted jar, fanghu, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC

Lot 719. An important and very rare inlaid bronze facted jar, fanghu, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC; 16 3⁄4 in. (43 cm.) high. Price realised 2,760,000 (Estimate USD 400,000 – USD 600,000). © Christie's 2022 The four-sided vessel is set with loose rings suspending loose ring handles on opposite sides, and is decorated on each side with elaborate pictorial scenes arranged in horizontal registers. The flat, raised bronze motifs of the scenes are silhouetted against a sunken... [Lire la suite]
01 avril 2022

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 718. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC; The vessel 6 1⁄4 in. (16 cm.) high. Price realised USD 163,800 (Estimate USD 60,000 – USD 80,000). © Christie's 2022 The bulbous body is cast on either side with a small ram's-head in relief between double lines, and the swing handle terminates at either side with an animal-head. The plain cover is cast with a circular finial. The interior of the vessel and cover are both cast with an... [Lire la suite]
01 avril 2022

A very finely cast bronze ritual food vessel and cover, gui, Late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 717. A very finely cast bronze ritual food vessel and cover, gui, Late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC; 11 1⁄8 in. (28.1 cm.) wide across handles, cloth box. Price realised USD 226,800 (Estimate USD 200,000 – USD 300,000). © Christie's 2022 The vessel is raised on a tall foot encircled by a band comprised of kui dragons centered on narrow flanges. The body is decorated with a diamond-and-boss pattern below a band with panels of diamond frets centered on two sides by a small... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2022

A rare bronze ritual tripod pouring vessel and cover, he, Late Shang dynasty-early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 714. A rare bronze ritual tripod pouring vessel and cover, he, Late Shang dynasty-early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC; 12 1⁄4 in. (31.1 cm.) high. Price realised USD 107,100 (Estimate USD 100,000 – USD 150,000). © Christie's 2022 The pear-shaped body is subtly lobed and cast with a double-line border above the three legs. The neck is cast with taotie masks between the top of the handle and the diagonally upright spout. The domed cover is cast below the... [Lire la suite]

31 mars 2022

A superbly cast bronze ritual tripod food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

  Lot 713. A superbly cast bronze ritual tripod food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 7 3⁄4 in. (19.7 cm.) high, hardwood stand, Japanese double wood box. Price realised USD 819,000 (Estimate USD 100,000 – USD 150,000). © Christie's 2022 The lobed body is raised on three undecorated legs and is cast in relief with three large taotie masks divided by flanges reserved on a leiwen ground, all beneath a cicada border. The interior is cast with a... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2022

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 712. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 8 3⁄4 in. (22.2 cm.) high. Price realised USD 22,680 (Estimate USD 20,000 – USD 30,000). © Christie's 2022 The deep body is raised on three blade-shaped supports and is flat-cast on the sides with a band of stylized dragons below a band of cruciform motifs all on a leiwen ground. The posts that rise from the rim have conical caps cast with whorl motifs. An inscription, nan (son) is cast... [Lire la suite]
30 mars 2022

An archaic bronze sword, Warring States period (475-221 BC)

Lot 137. An archaic bronze sword, Warring States period  (475-221 BC). Length 15⅞ in., 40.4 cm. Lot sold: 5,670 USD (Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD). © Sothebys.  Provenance: Collection of Harry Geoffrey Beasley (1881-1939), probably acquired 1st October 1929 (according to label). Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997). Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1968-present, coll. no. H.2.24. Sotheby's. A Journey Through China's History. The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part... [Lire la suite]
30 mars 2022

A rare bronze dagger, 7th-6th Century BC

Lot 135. A rare bronze dagger, 7th-6th Century BC. Length 12⅝ in., 32.2 cm. Lot sold: 11,340 USD (Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD). © Sothebys.  Provenance: Christie's London, 12th May 1975, lot 7. Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997). Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1975-present, coll. no. E.8.2. Literature: Rose Kerr et al., Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection. Wou Lien-Pai Museum, Hong Kong, 2011, pl. 16. Note: Compare a similar bronze dagger from the... [Lire la suite]