18 février 2017

A finely cast bronze dagger, Northwest China, 7th-6th century BC

Lot 814. A finely cast bronze dagger, Northwest China, 7th-6th century BC. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The tapering blade issues from a taotie mask that forms the guard below the hollow-cast hilt decorated on each side with eight panels of leiwen separated in the center by narrow slits, and on the narrow sides and end of the butt with arrow-shaped slits. 10 ¾ in. (27.2 cm) long Provenance: Christie’s New York, 1 December 1988, lot 141.The Erwin... [Lire la suite]

18 février 2017

A bronze bow-shaped fitting with jingles, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 813. A bronze bow-shaped fitting with jingles, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The fitting has a faceted, sharply arched arm at each end that terminates in a globular jingle pierced with four slits that encloses a loose ball, and the bowed top is well cast with two stylized cicadas flanking a central nippled boss. 14 in. (35.6 cm.) long, wood stand Provenance: Fred C. Snider, St. Petersburg, Florida; Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York,... [Lire la suite]
18 février 2017

A bronze dagger with rattle, 12th-11th Century BC

Lot 812. A bronze dagger with rattle, 12th-11th Century BC. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The tapering blade has a raised midrib on each side that extends from the tip through the plain guard, and the curved hilt is cast with a central band of diamond decoration set between horizontal linear borders, all below a small attachment loop and an eight-strap openwork rattle with convex cap. The blackish surface has a smooth polish. 10 ½ in. (26.6 cm.) long Provenance: The... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A bronze knife with rattle, 13th-11th Century BC

Lot 811. A bronze knife with rattle, 13th-11th Century BC. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The tapering blade has a raised median rib on each side that extends from the center of the ribbed hilt which is set at one end with a small attachment loop below the eight-strap, openwork rattle pommel. 11 3/8 in. (29 cm.) long Provenance: Private collection, Paris; Hôtel Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, 18 October 1996.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida. Note: Compare the... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, and a bronze ritual wine ladle, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1046-771 BC)

Lot 810. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, and a bronze ritual wine ladle, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1046-771 BC). Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The you is cast in high relief around the shoulder with two taotie masks flanked by two long-tailed birds, their tails terminating at loops to which are attached the animal head-surmounted ends of the arched handle. The cover is also cast with a band of birds flanking simplified masks between raised tabs at the... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A bronze Ge-halberd blade, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century BC

Lot 809. A bronze Ge-halberd blade, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century BC. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The curved butt is crisply cast on each side with a recessed design of a humanoid face shown in profile below a headdress or upswept hair, and the nei is pierced with a single hafting hole. The tapered blade is heavily encrusted. 15 ¼ in. (38.8 cm.) long Provenance: Lester Wolfe Collection, New York, by... [Lire la suite]

17 février 2017

A bronze pole finial, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th Century BC

Lot 808. A bronze pole finial, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th Century BC. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The upper section is cast in relief on both sides with a taotie mask flanked by ears below a pair of large up-curved horns, and the conical lower section is flat cast with simplified taotie masks. The bronze has a smooth, mottled olive-green patina and traces of cinnabar. 4 ¼ in. (11 cm.) high, stand Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 11... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A pair of bronze dragon-head terminals, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 807. A pair of bronze dragon-head terminals, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each is heavily cast as a bottle-horn dragon head, the tops of the horns with whorl motifs. 2 in. (5.1 cm.) high Provenance: The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1982. Christie's. The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art, 16 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center
17 février 2017

Lobed mirror with birds, animals, and floral scrolls, China, early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–first half of 8th century

Lobed mirror with birds, animals, and floral scrolls, China, early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–first half of 8th century. Cast bronze and applied silver plaque with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration and mercury gilding. Purchase, Freer Gallery of Art, F1954.22 © 2017 Smithsonian Institution Mirrors were durable treasures. When not in use, mirrors such as this, backed with an elaborately decorated silver plaque, may have been protected in silk wrappers. Traces of fabric impressions are still... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

Square mirror with floral medallion, plant sprays, birds, and insects China, mid-Tang dynasty, 8th century

Square mirror with floral medallion, plant sprays, birds, and insects, China, mid-Tang dynasty, 8th century. Cast bronze, gold and silver sheets with chased decoration, and lacquer. Purchase, Freer Gallery of Art F1944.8 © 2017 Smithsonian Institution The decoration on the back of this mirror was done in pingtuo, one of the most sumptuous decorative techniques developed during the Tang dynasty. To produce this design of four mythical birds surrounded by butterflies amid vegetal scrolls and sprays,... [Lire la suite]
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