08 novembre 2017

A very rare large bronze ceremonial bell, dated the sixth year of Zhengde corresponding to 1512 and of the period (1506-1521)

Lot 192. A very rare large bronze ceremonial bell, dated the sixth year of Zhengde corresponding to 1512 and of the period (1506-1521). Estimate GBP 120,000 - GBP 180,000. Price realised GBP 272,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2017 The heavily cast bell is fashioned with a loop for suspension formed as a pair of muscular dragons surrounded by a band of raised lotus petals. The walls are cast with rectangular panels enclosing 314 names, and on one side a vertical panel encloses the reign mark... [Lire la suite]
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03 novembre 2017

Antique bronzes from the Sze Yuan Tang collection at Bonhams, London, 9 Nov 2017

Lot 3. Two archaic bronze 'taotie' masks, Late Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties. Estimate £3,000 - 5,000 (€3,400 - 5,600). Sold for £6,250 (€7,051). Photo: Bonhams. The first modelled in the form of a taotie mask detailed with pierced bulging eyes, prominent nostril and horns; the second cast with twisted robe borders framing the reticulated eyes, ears and nostril, the reverse set with two pairs of rings for fitting. The larger 19.3cm (7 5/8in) wide (2). Provenance: the Sze Yuan Tang collection,... [Lire la suite]
30 octobre 2017

A rare and large pair of gilt-bronze ring handles, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty

Lot 44. A rare and large pair of gilt-bronze ring handles, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty. 7 1/4in (18.4cm) high, each. Estimate US$ 10,000 - 15,000 (€8,600 - 13,000). Sold for US$ 10,000 (€8,592). Photo: Bonhams. Each handle well-cast in the form of a taotie mask with rounded eyes, surmounted by a smiling humanoid figure with muscular arms and chest, the mask's elongated nostrils curled at the end forming a hollow ring, suspending a thick circular ring handle, stands. ... [Lire la suite]
30 octobre 2017

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, You, early Western Zhou dynasty (11th-10th century BC)

Lot 1. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, You, early Western Zhou dynasty (11th-10th century BC). 11 in. (28 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000 (USD 104,880 - USD 157,320). Price realised GBP 608,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The bulbous body is cast on each side with a small ram's-head boss and the loose over-head handle terminates at either side with an animal-head. There is a three-character inscription cast to the interior of the base and in reverse to the interior of the cover... [Lire la suite]
28 octobre 2017

A rare Pair of rare silver-inlaid archaic bronze canopy pole fittings, Warring States Period (475-221 BC)

Lot 153. A rare Pair of rare silver-inlaid archaic bronze canopy pole fittings, Warring States Period (475-221 BC). 17 7/8 in., 45.4 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Lot sold 84,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. cast in two cylindrical sections each with a single rib, finely inlaid in silver with highly stylized phoenixes against a densely scrolled zoomorphic ground of diagonal scrolls, chevrons, and heart-shaped lappets, the elements forming positive and negative images against the bronze, the upper... [Lire la suite]
28 octobre 2017

An Archaic bronze food vessel, li ding, Late Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BC)

Lot 151. An Archaic bronze food vessel, li ding, Late Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BC). 8 in., 20.3 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 USD. Lot sold 30,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the wide trumpet mouth tapering to a waisted cylinder resting on a small flared foot, the middle section cast in relief with a pair of taotie masks divided down the center with raised flanges, all between upright plantain leaves and snakes around the neck and a further pair of masks around the foot, the dry surface with... [Lire la suite]

28 octobre 2017

An Archaic bronze drinking vessel, Gu, Late Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BC)

Lot 150 An Archaic bronze drinking vessel, Gu, Late Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BC). 8 1/2 in., 21.6 cm. Estimate 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Lot sold 8,400 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the wide trumpet mouth tapering to a waisted cylinder resting on a small flared foot, the middle section cast in relief with a pair of taotie masks divided down the center with raised flanges, all between upright plantain leaves and snakes around the neck and a further pair of masks around the foot, the dry surface... [Lire la suite]
28 octobre 2017

An Archaic bronze drinking vessel, jue, Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1046 BCE)

Lot 149. An Archaic bronze drinking vessel, jue, Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1046 BCE). 8 1/4 in., 21 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 19,200 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped body raised on three slender blade legs, crisply cast in low relief with a pair of taotieanimal masks reserved on a leiwen ground and centered by a raised flange on one side and a loop handle on the other side, all set below a band of upright plantain leaves around the flaring rim... [Lire la suite]
28 octobre 2017

An archaic bronze drinking vessel, gu, Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1046 BCE)

Lot 148. An archaic bronze drinking vessel, gu, Shang Dynasty  (c.1600-1046 BCE). 9 3/4 in., 24.7 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 9,600 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of classic gu form with a wide trumpet mouth tapering to a waisted cylinder with a slightly bulging belly and a flared foot, the belly cast in low relief with two pairs of bosses and a flange forming a taotie mask reserved on a leiwen ground, the foot similarly cast but with a... [Lire la suite]
28 octobre 2017

An Archaic bronze drinking vessel, gu, Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1046 BCE)

Lot 147. An Archaic bronze drinking vessel, gu, Shang Dynasty  (c.1600-1046 BCE). 9 in., 22.9 cm. Estimate 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Lot sold 7,800 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the waisted cylindrical vessel with a wide trumpet mouth, crisply cast around the middle with a pair of taotiemasks consisting of raised bosses for eyes and centered with a low flange on a leiwen ground, the middle section set off by raised filets and four cruciform holes, all above... [Lire la suite]