18 janvier 2020

A bronze tubular chariot fitting, late Shang-early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 1226. A bronze tubular chariot fitting, late Shang-early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 5¾ in. (14.6 cm) long. Estimate 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 36,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The tubular fitting is surmounted by a pair of addorsed, outward-facing rabbits, with heads lowered and ears laid back. The bronze has a greenish-grey patina and malachite and cuprite encrustation. Provenance: Collection of the late Baron Paul Hatvany, sold by order of the trustees,... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

A bronze harness fitting, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC)

Lot 1225. A bronze harness fitting, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC); 2¼ in. (5.6 cm.) long. Estimate 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 9,375. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The hollow rectangular fitting is of trapezoidal cross-section with apertures at both ends and a rectangular loop at the end for attachment. The top is cast with a large recumbent bovine with head raised and legs tucked under its body. The bronze surface has a greenish-grey patina, stand. Provenance: Sotheby's London, 30... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A rare bronze ritual food vessel, yu, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1223. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, yu, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) diam. Estimate 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 87,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The body has an S-profile and is finely cast with three large taotie masks flanked by dragons descending beside the notched flanges that separate the masks and continue up onto the waisted neck and flared mouth rim where they separate panels of three pairs of dragons confronted on a small animal... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, Anyang, 12th century BC

Lot 1222. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, Anyang, 12th century BC; 10 1/8 in. (26 cm.) high. Estimate 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price realised USD 123,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The tall, slender vessel is crisply cast in low relief on the trumpet-shaped neck with four blades filled with inverted masks above a narrow band of angular snakes, and on the center section and the spreading foot with taotie masks divided and separated by notched flanges. Those on the foot are set... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jia, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1221. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jia, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 10 1/8 in. (26 cm.) high. Estimate 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 37,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vessel is raised on three tapering blade supports and is cast on the body and base of the flared neck with bands of taotie masks with raised eyes centered on slender flanges. A loop handle projects from one side, and a pair of capped posts cast with comma motifs rise from the rim. The bronze... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A very rare and exceptional bronze ritual owl-form wine vessel, xiao you, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1220. A very rare and exceptional bronze ritual owl-form wine vessel, xiao you, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) high with handle, 8 in. (20.3 cm.) across. Estimate On Request. Price realised USD 1,143,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vessel is well cast in the form of two addorsed owls with plump bodies raised on four stout legs with splayed feet, and the sides are cast in soft relief with simplified wings sweeping back from the rounded breast to a pair of loops... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

A very rare bronze owl-form covered vessel, xiaoyou, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 145. A very rare bronze owl-form covered vessel, xiaoyou, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 9 in. (22.9 cm.) long. Estimate 600,000 - USD 800,000. Price realised USD 511,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2004 Well cast in the form of two addorsed owls, their plump bodies forming the vessel, raised on four stout legs ending in clawed feet and cast in soft relief with simplified wings sweeping back from their rounded breasts to a pair of rings attached to the rope-twist handle, the domed... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A very rare bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 1219. A very rare bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 231,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vessel is raised on three blade supports and is finely cast on the sides with two taotie masks with long down-curved horns that curl up at the ends and are reserved on a leiwen band, below a band of small and large blades that enclose hooked scrolls... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A rare pair of bronze ritual wine vessels, jue, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1218. A rare pair of bronze ritual wine vessels, jue, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 8½ and 8 3/8 in. (21.5 and 21.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 52,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Each deep body is raised on three blade-shaped supports, and is crisply cast with a narrow band of four oblong 'eyes' reserved on a ground of tapering scrolls that encircles the upper body beneath the loop handle that issues from a bovine head. A pair of reel-capped... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 1217. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 11½ in. (29.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The tall slender vessel is divided into three sections. The trumpet-shaped upper body is crisply cast with four upright cicada blades, and the central section and spreading foot are decorated with a dense leiwen and taotie-pattern band divided by four vertical ribbed flanges, and... [Lire la suite]