18 janvier 2020

A small gilt-bronze figure of the seated Maitreya Buddha, Northern Qi-Tang dynasty, 6th-early 7th century

Lot 1190. A small gilt-bronze figure of the seated Maitreya Buddha, Northern Qi-Tang dynasty, 6th-early 7th century; 5½ in. (14 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 75,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The Buddha of the Future is shown seated with both legs pendent, with the right hand raised in abhaya mudra and the left hand resting on the left knee. The face is well cast with a serene expression below a simple hair line and a rounded usnisa, wood stand. ... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

A dated gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva, Sui dynasty, inscribed Daye sixth year, corresponding to 610, and of the period

Lot 1189. A dated gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva, Sui dynasty, inscribed Daye sixth year, corresponding to 610, and of the period; 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 147,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The seated figure is backed by a flame-carved mandorla carved with a foliate scroll aureole that frames the head, and wears a long diaphanous robe which cascades in crisp, overlapping folds over the front of the circular plinth... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A dark grey limestone figure of Amitabha Buddha, inscribed Jinglong third year (709), and of the period

Lot 1150. A dark grey limestone figure of Amitabha Buddha, inscribed Jinglong third year (709), and of the period; 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 147,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The seated figure is backed by a flame-carved mandorla carved with a foliate scroll aureole that frames the head, and wears a long diaphanous robe which cascades in crisp, overlapping folds over the front of the circular plinth that is raised on a columnar... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

Three small gilt-bronze figures of bodhisattvas, Sui-Northern Song dynasty, 6th-12th century

 Lot 1145. Three small gilt-bronze figures of bodhisattvas, Sui-Northern Song dynasty, 6th-12th century; 5, 5¼, 6½ and 3 5/8 in. (12.7, 13.3, 16.5 and 9.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 One is a slender, graceful figure standing in a tribhangha pose on top of a lotus stem, with a bottle pendent from the right hand and a willow branch held in the left at the shoulder. The head is backed by a separate openwork... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

Christie's announces highlights included in its Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

LONDON.- Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale will be followed by The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale, together launching ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ on 5 February 2020. Tamara de Lempicka’s Portrait de Marjorie Ferry (1932, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000) and Alberto Giacometti’s Trois hommes qui marchent (Grand plateau) (1948, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000) will both lead the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale. Further highlights include George Grosz’s politically charged Gefährliche Straße... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A rare gilt-bronze figural staff finial, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1143. A rare gilt-bronze figural staff finial, Tang dynasty (618-907); 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 4,000. Price realised USD 13,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The fitting is heavily cast as a tubular shaft surmounted by the finely cast head of a foreigner with hooked nose, prominent cheekbones and hair shown in overlapping scalloped rows, probably representing curls. There are traces of gilding allover, wood stand. Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954)... [Lire la suite]

17 janvier 2020

A very rare bronze figural support, Warring States period, 5th-3rd century BC

Lot 1137. A very rare bronze figural support, Warring States period, 5th-3rd century BC; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 663,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The support is cast as a kneeling servant holding a cylindrical tube above a corresponding socket that rises from the square base, which is cast around the sides with a pattern of interlaced dragons. He is wearing a close-fitting robe secured by a belt into which is tucked a sheathed knife in... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A turquoise-inlaid and silver-decorated gilt-bronze openwork garment hook, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC

Lot 1132. A turquoise-inlaid and silver-decorated gilt-bronze openwork garment hook, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC; 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Cast in openwork at one end with the head of a dragon or canine, its long ears grasped in the forefeet of a creature with short beak and long ears that stretch back to the turquoise-inlaid, feather-patterned wings of an owl in the center, its foreclaws grasping... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A small bronze ritual ladle, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 1131. A small bronze ritual ladle, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The handle has a flared, curved end with median ridge and a bovine mask terminal from which issues the straight, angled mid-section, that terminates in a mask attached to the side of the deep cup. The back of the handle is inscribed with a partially illegible six-character inscription. ... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, Warring States period, 5th century BC

Lot 1130. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, Warring States period, 5th century BC & A grey pottery ding and cover, Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC); Bronze ding 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high; pottery ding 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 56,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The deep, globular body is raised on three cabriole legs and has two upright handles decorated with bands of angular... [Lire la suite]