19 juillet 2017

Food Serving Vessel (Gui), Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.), 12th century B.C.

Food Serving Vessel (Gui), Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.), 12th century B.C. Bronze. H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); W. (betw. handles) 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); Diam. of rim 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); Diam. of foot 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); Gift of Count and Countess Bernard d'Escayrac, 1962, 62.217 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

19 juillet 2017

Bronze 'gui', decorated with dragons, monsters and 'taotie', Shang dynasty, 12th century BC

Bronze 'gui', decorated with dragons, monsters and 'taotie', Shang dynasty, 12th century BC. Diameter: 7.8 inches, Height: 6 inches. Donated by P T Brooke Sewell, Esq, 1957,0221.1 © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum 'Gui' is a ritual vessel for offering food. For much of the Shang, 'gui' seem to have been made without handles and these are sometimes termed 'yu'; from late Shang and throughout the Zhou most 'gui' had two handles, although a few were cast with four. Group of bronzes found in graves... [Lire la suite]
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19 juillet 2017

A fine archaic bronze ceremonial food vessel, gui, Late Shang dynasty, 12th century BC

Lot 66. A fine archaic bronze ceremonial food vessel, gui, Late Shang dynasty, 12th century BC; 12 in. (30.5 cm.) across handles. Estimate GBP 100,000 - GBP 150,000. Price realised GBP 313,250 © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The slightly rounded body supported on a tall stepped foot, cast around the exterior with two large taotie masks divided by a central flange and surrounded by C-scrolls, the foot cast with a band of stylised birds and divided into quadrants by raised flanges, all reserved on... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2017

A gilt cast-bronze figure of a seated bear, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 24)

Lot 172. A gilt cast-bronze figure of a seated bear, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 24), height 5.7 inches. Estimate CHF 6,000 / 9,000 (€5 560/8 330). Sold for CHF 7 500 © Koller Fire-gilt bronze. Figure of a stocky bear with fine details like the claws. His head slightly tilted forward, he sits on his hind legs, on which he supports the front paws. Gilding partially rubbed. Applies partly rubbed. Purchased at Lempertz 7 June 2013, lot 153. Then from a German private... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2017

A magnificent bronze mirror with turquoise and gold inlays, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States

Lot 159. A magnificent bronze mirror with turquoise and gold inlays, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States, diameter 18 cm. Estimate CHF 30 000 / 50 000 (€ 27 780 / 46 300). Sold for CHF 35 000  © Koller Bronze with turquoise inserts and gold exchange. Stylized kite decor on square basic structure, in the corners four circles, which appear again on the edge border. In the center small ring knob. Koller. Asian Art: Himalaya, China - Tuesday 29 October 2013
12 juillet 2017

A rare bronze tripod vessel and cover, xing, Qianlong six-character cast seal marks and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 3019. A rare bronze tripod vessel and cover, xing, Qianlong six-character cast seal marks and of the period (1736-1795). Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000. Price realised HKD 500,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The archaistic vessel is raised on three leaf-form supports and the sides are cast with a broad band of cell diaper below narrow bands of key frets and stylised foliate scroll interrupted by a pair of dragon handles. The cover is similarly decorated with a band of stylised foliate scroll... [Lire la suite]
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12 juillet 2017

A rare parcel-gilt bronze ‘shou’ jar, pou, Late Ming-early Qing period

Lot 3020. A rare parcel-gilt bronze ‘shou’ jar, pou, Late Ming-early Qing period. Estimate HKD 700,000 - HKD 900,000. Price realised HKD 875,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The globular body is decorated in gilt and relief with one hundred and twenty-eight shou characters rendered in different forms of sealscript, all against a fish-roe punched ground, below an archaistic wavy border on the neck and a key-fret band on the galleried mouth rim. The shoulders are set with a pair of ring handles... [Lire la suite]
12 juillet 2017

A group of three Arabic-inscribed bronze incense vessels, Ming dynasty, possibly of the Zhengde period (1506-1521)

Lot 3176. A group of three Arabic-inscribed bronze incense vessels, Ming dynasty, possibly of the Zhengde period (1506-1521). Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,500,000. Price realised HKD 2,940,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The group is comprised of a tripod li censer cast with a apocryphal Zhengde four-character seal mark, a bottle vase with two loop handles, and a box and cover of square shape, all decorated with Arabic inscriptions reserved on fine ring-punched grounds. The metal has a warm... [Lire la suite]
12 juillet 2017

A bronze ritual rectangular food vessel, fangding, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th Century BC

Lot 3109. A bronze ritual rectangular food vessel, fangding, Late  Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th Century BC. Estimate HKD 4,000,000 - HKD 6,000,000. Price realised HKD 4,860,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The body is raised on four columnar legs and is cast in rounded relief on each side with a taotie mask below a band of confronted kui dragons, all centred by vertical flanges which are repeated at the corners below the pair of upright handles that rise from the rim. The decoration has... [Lire la suite]
07 juillet 2017

The Ringling Presents Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Celestial horse, Han dynasty, 1st-2nd century CE. Bronze, 44 7/8 x 34 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (113.98 x 87.63 x 36.83 cm). Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton, 2002.45. Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art. © Ringling Museum Sarasota, FL. - Demonstrating a continuing interest and commitment to the study of Asian Art, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art presentsEternal Offerings, which showcases nearly 100 Chinese bronze objects from the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Mia’s Asian art collection... [Lire la suite]