27 août 2017

Northern Chinese Bronze Belt Buckle with Gold and Silver Inlay, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E.

Northern Chinese Bronze Belt Buckle with Gold and Silver Inlay, 3rd-2nd century B.C.E. Bronze, gold, and silver, L. 14.5 cm. © Miho Museum. The major northern pastoral peoples contemporary with the Han empire were the Xiongnu, who by the end of the third century B.C. had formed a vast empire in the steppes beyond the Great Wall.1 These plaques represent one of the major types of belt ornament produced during the height of Xiongnu power. The two mirror-image plaques, number 110, together form one belt buckle. The... [Lire la suite]

27 août 2017

Chinese Recumbent Ox with Inlay, Late Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 4th-3rd century B.C.E.

Chinese Recumbent Ox with Inlay, Late Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 4th-3rd century B.C.E. Bronze with silver inlay, L. 15 cm. © Miho Museum. (One of a pair pictured) These two recumbent oxen, with all four legs folded, show mirror-image symmetry both in their forms and surface patterns. The surfaces are decorated with cloud-like bird motifs of silver inlay. The heads of birds can be seen around the shoulders and rumps of both oxen. Small circular motifs, line motifs, and grain motifs are executed from the hips to the... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2017

Chinese Incense Burner in the Form of a Tortoise with Gold and Silver Inlay, Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220)

Chinese Incense Burner in the Form of a Tortoise with Gold and Silver Inlay, Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220). Bronze, gold, and silver, L. 11 cm. © Miho Museum. This bronze tortoise appears to stop for a moment, taking a break from a slow walk, with the right legs pulled back and the left legs pushed forward, and with the head lifted up to the left. The tail is directed to the upper right. The openworked shell is removable, like a lid, and a hole is made at a side of the center ridge, where the center of gravity of the lid is... [Lire la suite]
17 août 2017

Brûle-encens tripode bluish green glaze and purple splashes, dynastie Yuan (1279-1368)

Brûle-encens tripode bluish green glaze and purple splashes, dynastie Yuan (1279-1368). Céramique à glaçure colorée. H: 9 cm. Taïwan, Taipei, Musée national du Palais, K1B017887N. Photo © National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taïwan, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image NPM
17 août 2017

Bol monochrome, 13e siècle, dynastie Yuan (1279-1368)

Bol monochrome, 13e siècle, dynastie Yuan (1279-1368). Céramique à glaçure colorée. H: 8 cm. Taïwan, Taipei, Musée national du Palais, K1B017223N. Photo © National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taïwan, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image NPM
07 août 2017

A Yaozhou russet-brown-glazed cup stand, Northern Song dynasty, 11th-12th century

Lot 1525. A Yaozhou russet-brown-glazed cup stand, Northern Song dynasty, 11th-12th century, 4 ½ in. (11.6 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2016 The cup holder has a rounded shoulder that curves in towards the rim, and sides that taper towards the integral 'saucer' raised on a slightly splayed pedestal foot. The whole is covered inside and out with a somewhat variegated russet-brown glaze that thins on the rims and falls... [Lire la suite]

06 août 2017

A rare bronze tuning key, qin zhen yao, Warring States Period, 3rd century BC 

Lot 1529. A rare bronze tuning key, qin zhen yao, Warring States Period, 3rd century BC, 2 5/8 in. (6.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 15,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Cast at the top with a seated mythical beast grasping in its front claws two snakes which encircle the faceted shaft, with allover milky green patina, wood stand. Provenance: Count Antoine Seilern (1901-1978) Collection, England.Wolfgang Burchard, London, prior to 1982.Christie's, London, 17... [Lire la suite]
06 août 2017

A finely cast bronze bell, bo zhong, Warring States Period, 5th century BC 

Lot 1528. A finely cast bronze bell, bo zhong, Warring States Period, 5th century BC, 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 125,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 194,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Of lenticular form, each side with a plain central panel flanked by alternating rows of coiled serpent bosses and interlaced dragon scroll, all within raised borders, the dragon scroll repeated in a shaped configuration below and again on the flat top below the handle formed by two confronted... [Lire la suite]
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06 août 2017

A bronze and gold harness fitting, Warring States Period

Lot 12. A bronze and gold harness fitting, Warring States Period (475-221 BC), 4.5cm., 1 3/4 in. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 23,300 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's composed of a thick bronze ring with three solidly cast gold animal heads attached, their raised heads framed by a furled mane and set with short twisting horns and pointed ears above bulging eyes, the curled nostrils flowing to an open mouth. Weight 127g. Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl... [Lire la suite]
05 août 2017

A rare bronze ritual food vessel, yu, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century BC 

Lot 1518. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, yu, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century BC, 9½ in. (24 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 326,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 With deep rounded sides flaring very slightly towards the flat everted rim, finely flat-cast with a band of three taotie masks with convex pupils flanked by pairs of addorsed birds with backward-turned heads and curled tails, all reserved on a leiwen ground, raised on a slightly... [Lire la suite]