13 mai 2020

An archaic bronze ‘mythical beast’ paperweight, Eastern Han dynasty

Lot 543. An archaic bronze ‘mythical beast’ paperweight, Eastern Han dynasty; 6.2cm wide. Estimate HK$80,000 - 120,000. Sold for HK$ 937,500 (€ 111,749). Courtesy Bonhams. Realistically cast in the form of a chi dragon, raised on four strong limbs ending in powerful talons, the body with ribbed torso and twisted with elongated neck, the head turned to the right and framed with a pair of horns, the jaws open revealing sharp teeth, all ending in a bifurcated tail. Bonhams. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of... [Lire la suite]

13 mai 2020

A rare archaic bronze ‘gourd’ vase and cover, hu, Eastern Zhou dynasty

Lot 543. A rare archaic bronze ‘gourd’ vase and cover, hu, Eastern Zhou dynasty; 29.5cm high. Estimate HK$60,000 - 80,000. Sold for HK$ 625,000 (€ 74,499). Courtesy Bonhams. The bulbous flask-shaped body supported on a simulated rope-twist foot, rising to a straight neck offset on one side of the shoulder, intricately cast with three wide bands of dense interlocking abstract motifs on the lower body and an additional band at the neck, cast on one side with a convex bar handle decorated with keyfret scrolls, attached... [Lire la suite]
13 mai 2020

An archaic bronze boar, Han dynasty

Lot 543. An archaic bronze boar, Han dynasty; 14.5cm long. Estimate HK$30,000 - 60,000. Sold for HK$ 687,500 (€ 81,949). Courtesy Bonhams. Cast in the form of a wild boar standing on all fours, the bulging belly ending with a coiled tail, the face with defined protruding nostrils between two small tusks, further flanked by a pair of large eyes and ears, the underside of the belly cast with a pierced rectangular aperture. Bonhams. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 24 November 2013 ... [Lire la suite]
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13 mai 2020

An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, jia, Mid Shang dynasty

Lot 453. An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, jia, Mid Shang dynasty; 24.3cm high. Estimate HK$120,000 - 180,000. Sold for HK$ 687,500 (€ 81,949). Courtesy Bonhams The bulbous vessel standing on three splayed legs, the waisted neck cast with a band of keyfret scrolls within circular motifs, one side with a 'C'-shape-flattened handle in the form of a mythical beast issuing water from its mouth, ending with a thick rim at the top further surmounted by a pair of finials cast with sunken whorl motifs, the cover cast... [Lire la suite]
13 mai 2020

An inscribed archaic bronze tripod incense burner and cover, ding, Eastern Zhou dynasty

Lot 468. An inscribed archaic bronze tripod incense burner and cover, ding, Eastern Zhou dynasty; 26.7cm high. Estimate HK$400,000 - 600,000. Sold for HK$ 812,500 (€ 96,849). Courtesy Bonhams Raised on three feet issuing from three taotie masks in relief, the deep spherical body decorated with two bands of densely entwined archaistic kui dragons, flanked at the shoulders with a pair of right-angled 'U'-shaped upright handles, surmounted at the top with a gently domed cover issuing three mythical beast finials with... [Lire la suite]
13 mai 2020

A large archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover, pu, Eastern Zhou dynasty

Lot 467. A large archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover, pu, Eastern Zhou dynasty; 29cm high. Estimate HK$700,000 - 900,000. Sold for HK$ 875,000 (€ 104,299). Courtesy Bonhams Heavily cast on a inward curved stand, the slim waist rising gently and surmounted by a large circular basin, the stand finely pierced with entwined chi dragon motifs and archaistic scrolls on multiple friezes, the basin cast with archaistic scrolls in raised bosses issuing four protruding mythical beast head finials at the compass points, each... [Lire la suite]

04 mai 2020

A very rare imperial gilt-bronze hat stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 210. A very rare imperial gilt-bronze hat stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 49cm high. Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 800,000. Sold for HK$ 625,000 (€ 74,139). Photo: Bonhams. Impressively formed as a gilt-bronze elephant with a harness embellished with coloured glass beads and flowers and suspending seed pearl tassels, the ornate floral repoussé saddle with a kneeling figure of a European on top, wearing a frock coat with arms raised to hold a flat octagonal tray upon his head, the tray bearing a... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2020

A fine and rare archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC)

Lot 196. A fine and rare archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC); 23.8cm wide. Estimate HK$500,000 - 800,000. Sold for HK$ 625,000 (€ 74,139). Photo: Bonhams. Raised on three blade-shaped feet, the exterior finely cast in low relief on each side with a taotie mask divided by low vertical flanges, with a pictogram cast beneath the curved handle, surmounted by a pair of capped posts with whorl motifs between the spout and tip, the vessel encrusted... [Lire la suite]
04 mai 2020

A fine archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Late dynasty (1600-1100 BC)

Lot 193. A fine archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Late dynasty (1600-1100 BC); 19.5cm high. Estimate HK$300,000 - 400,000. Sold for HK$ 375,000 (€ 44,483). Photo: Bonhams. Raised on three blade-shaped feet, the exterior finely cast in low relief on each side with a taotie mask divided by low vertical flanges, with a pictogram cast beneath the curved handle, surmounted by a pair of capped posts with whorl motifs between the spout and tip, the vessel encrusted overall with an attractive rich... [Lire la suite]
03 mai 2020

An inscribed bronze box and cover, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 301. An inscribed bronze box and cover, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 9cm., 3½in. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Lot Sold 10,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. of circular form, the domed cover cast with a central medallion enclosing an Arabic inscription against a ring-punched ground, the sides and the box encircled by concentric line borders, impressed to the base with a six-character Zhengde mark within a rectangle. Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 13 may 2015