08 octobre 2020

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

Lot 1501. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 12 in. (30.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 100,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. The mid-section and foot are finely cast with bands of taotie masks on a leiwen ground, those on the foot below a band of dragons, all divided and separated by narrow notched flanges. The trumpet neck is cast with leiwen-filled blades above a band of serpents. ... [Lire la suite]

06 octobre 2020

A large archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 74. A large archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; h. 35.5 cm, 14 in. Estimate: 3,500,000 - 4,000,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped body cast below the everted rim and a pair of upright loop handles with a single wide register of three taotie masks bisected by flanges, and comprised of a pair of protuberant eyes and hooked ribbons cast with C-scrolls indicating horns and jaws, all above three slightly tapered legs, each with a further taotie mask... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2020

An archaic bronze wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th – 11th century BC

Lot 58. An archaic bronze wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th – 11th century BC; 32 cm, 12 ½ in. Estimate: 600,000 - 800,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,890,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the elegantly curved slender vessel resting on a tall foot-ring, crisply cast on the middle and lower sections with fine zoomorphic masks with prominent eyes, ears, horns centred on notched flanges, against a ground of intricate leiwen spiral, all below the tall trumpet neck decorated with shield blades filled... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2020

A rare archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Shang dynasty, 12th century BC

Lot 41. A rare archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Shang dynasty, 12th century BC; 20.4 cm, 8 in. Estimate: 1,000,000 - 1,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,260,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the exterior cast and inlaid in black with friezes of cicadas and pendent blades, all supported on three splayed flat legs cast with dragons, the interior with an inscription possibly reading ya chou, Japanese wood box. Provenance: Acquired in Japan prior to World War II. Christie's New York,... [Lire la suite]
05 octobre 2020

A rare gilt-bronze figure of a seated roaring lion, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

 Lot 902. A rare gilt-bronze figure of a seated roaring lion, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 4 ¼ in. (10.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 67,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Possibly the cover of a censer, the powerfully rendered beast shown seated with mouth open in a roar with long, curly mane and tail, with an inscription on the rim of the base, reading 'guan yao' (official kiln). Provenance: David Newman, London, 13 February 1975.The James and Marilynn Alsdorf... [Lire la suite]
05 octobre 2020

A rare gilt-bronze weight in the form of a recumbent hare, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 901. A rare gilt-bronze weight in the form of a recumbent hare, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 2 ½ in. (6.4 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 93,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. The heavily-cast, hollow figure shown crouching, the eyes embellished with turquoise inlay. Provenance: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired prior to 1970. Literature: The Arts Club of Chicago, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilynnn Alsdorf, Chicago,... [Lire la suite]

04 octobre 2020

A gilt-bronze leonine mask-form fitting with loose ring, Northern Wei-Northern Qi dynasty, 6th century

Lot 888. A gilt-bronze leonine mask-form fitting with loose ring, Northern Wei-Northern Qi dynasty, 6th century; 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 5,625. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Cast with bulging eyes and small nose below bushy eyebrows and a pair of horns, the mouth open to reveal gnashing teeth grasping a loose ring, lucite stand. Provenance: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired prior to 1990. Christie's. Sacred and... [Lire la suite]
04 octobre 2020

A bronze taotie mask-form fitting, Northern Wei dynasty (AD 386-534)

Lot 888. A bronze taotie mask-form fitting, Northern Wei dynasty (AD 386-534); 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 2,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Cast as a taotie mask with curved fangs, a beak-form nose, bulging eyes and a pair of pricked ears which flank a central openwork area formed with a figure standing with arms akimbo on the back legs of two confronted dragons, tieli and softwood stand. Provenance: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf... [Lire la suite]
04 octobre 2020

A gilt-bronze circular mat weight, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220)

Lot 888. A gilt-bronze circular mat weight, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220); 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 32,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Heavily cast as a coiled feline resting its head on its paws, softwood stand. Provenance: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired prior to 1970. Literature: The Arts Club of Chicago, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf, Chicago, 1970, no. B26. ... [Lire la suite]
03 octobre 2020

A bronze chariot-pole fitting, Late Warring States-Han dynasty, 4th-2nd century

Lot 887. A bronze chariot-pole fitting, Late Warring States-Han dynasty, 4th-2nd century; 5 ½ in. (14 cm.) long. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 10,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. The rounded tubular fitting terminating in a feline mask suspending a loose ring, metal stand. Provenance: Spink & Son Ltd., London, 12 November 1987.The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago. Christie's. Sacred and Imperial: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection Part... [Lire la suite]