17 septembre 2018

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, liding, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 1104. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, liding, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC; 8 ½ in. (21.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 150,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The tri-lobed body is raised on three slender, columnar legs, and is cast above each leg with a large taotie mask with rounded eyes flanked by a pair of descending dragons and reserved on a leiwen ground below a narrow band of leiwen. A pair of bail handles rise... [Lire la suite]

17 septembre 2018

A rare set of three small bronze bells, nao, late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 1107. A rare set of three small bronze bells, nao, late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC; 6 ¼ in. (15.6 cm.) high (largest). Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000. Price realised USD 162,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The bells of graduated size are of lenticular section and cast on each side in relief with ataotie mask below a square panel, and the hollow, tapering shank is cast with a single clan sign, plexi stand. (inscription on the largest nao) Provenance: Dr. Bruno... [Lire la suite]
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16 septembre 2018

An extremely rare bronze censer, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period, dated jiyou year, corresponding to 1729

Lot 303. An extremely rare bronze censer, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period, dated jiyou year, corresponding to 1729. Diameter 4 1/4  in., 10.7 cm. Estimate: 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Sold Price: 93,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's of stout cylindrical form, sturdily cast resting on three slim feet, the interior cast with two inscriptions reading Liu Junren zhi ('made by Liu Junren') and Yancheng shizao ('made in Yancheng'), the base with a four-character date mark... [Lire la suite]
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14 septembre 2018

A rare gilt-bronze figure of an apsara, Eastern Wei dynasty (AD 534-550)

Lot 1125. A rare gilt-bronze figure of an apsara, Eastern Wei dynasty (AD 534-550); 4 ½ in. (11.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 348,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018. The well-cast apsara is shown playing the sheng while kneeling on a lotus platform from which rise scarves that curve upwards to flank the ends of a celestial scarf that is wrapped under the figure's arms and rises on either side of the head where it is surmounted by a... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2018

A rare bronze ritual faceted wine vessel, fanghu, early Warring States period, 5th century BC

Lot 1115. A rare bronze ritual faceted wine vessel, fanghu, early Warring States period, 5th century BC; 14 in. (35.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018. The fanghu is raised on four tiger-form supports and is flanked by a pair of tiger-form handles. It is decorated with rectangular panels of scrolls divided by rope-twist bands.  Provenance: The Prince Kung (1880-1936) Collection.The American Art... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2018

A rare finely cast tripod ewer and cover, he, Warring States period (475-221 BC)

Lot 1116. A rare finely cast tripod ewer and cover, he, Warring States period (475-221 BC); 10 ½ in. (26.6 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 275,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018. The compressed globular body is raised on the backs of three squatting, bird-like mythological creatures with feathered wings, scaly bodies, ornate horns and front claws clasped in front of the chest, and the sides are crisply cast in relief with two registers of intricate, interlocking... [Lire la suite]

12 septembre 2018

A rare bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century B.C.

Lot 1110. A rare bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late  Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century B.C.; 9 ¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 237,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The rounded body is raised on three columnar legs cast in intaglio with triangles pendent from a scroll band and is cast in relief around the sides with three large taotiemasks centered and divided by notched flanges, reserved on a fine leiwen ground and below a pair... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2018

A very rare bronze ritual tripod food vessel, li, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century B.C.

Lot 1114. A very rare bronze ritual tripod food vessel, li, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century B.C.; 7 ¼ in. (18 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 250,000 - USD 350,000. Price realised USD 492,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018  The well-cast tripod vessel of compressed form is decorated in high relief on each lobe with a large taotie mask with buffalo horns below the everted rim set with a pair of bail handles. A four-character inscription is cast on the side of the... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2018

A finely cast bronze ritual food vessel, gui, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century B.C.

Lot 1111. A finely cast bronze ritual food vessel, gui, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century B.C.; 8 ½ in. (21.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 250,000 - USD 350,000. Price realised USD 300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018  The body is crisply cast in high relief on each side with a pair of coiled dragons with protruding fangs confronted on a notched flange, and reserved on a leiwen ground. The vessel is flanked by a pair of loop handles surmounted by animal masks and with a tab cast... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2018

A rare bronze ritual rectangular food vessel, fanding, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century B.C.

Lot 1109. A rare bronze ritual rectangular food vessel, fanding, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century B.C.; 8 ½ in. (21.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 400,000 - USD 600,000. Unsold.© Christie's Images Ltd 2018  The deep body of rectangular form is raised on four columnar legs cast in intaglio with triangles pendent from a scroll band. The body is cast in relief on each side with a taotiemask below a band of kui dragons, all reserved on leiwen grounds and centered by notched... [Lire la suite]