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]
17 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 1129. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 183,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The pear-shaped vessel, which is of oval section, is raised on a spreading foot and is cast on each side with a band of dragon scroll formed by two dragons with backward-turned heads and centered by a mask cast in high relief. The swing handle is cast with... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A pair of bronze linchpins, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-10th century BC

Lot 1128. A pair of bronze linchpins, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-10th century BC; 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 11,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Each flat pin is pierced with a rectangular aperture at one end and is surmounted by a well-cast animal head with tapering, spiralled horns, bulbous eyes, and flat muzzle, that is pierced through the neck with a horizontal channel, and has a flat, crescent-shaped backing, stand.... [Lire la suite]

17 janvier 2020

A bronze chanfron, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1127. A bronze chanfron, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) long. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 11,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The harness frontal is cast with a long, hemispherical 'tongue' that issues from a taotie mask with pierced bulbous eyes. A narrow strap tranverses the hollow back of the 'tongue' and there are two corner straps on the reverse of the bottom of the mask. The bronze has a mottled... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A rare finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 1126. A rare finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC; 89 in. (22.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 800,000 - USD 1,200,000. Price realised USD 1,143,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vessel is of tapering rectangular shape and is well cast in low relief on the two broad sides with a large taotie mask set below a small taotie and reserved on a leiwen ground repeated as the ground to the pair of confronted... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A rare turquoise-inlaid bronze and jade ge halberd blade, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 1125. A rare turquoise-inlaid bronze and jade ge halberd blade, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC; 8½ in. (21.6 cm.) long. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 99,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The mottled greyish-green jade blade, which is now opaque, has beveled edges and a tiny hole. It issues from a bronze handle inlaid on each side with a turquoise-inlaid rectangular panel of a stylized taotie mask below the hafting bar. There is a hole in the... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

Two bronze ge blades, Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 14th-10th century BC

Lot 1124. Two bronze ge blades, Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 14th-10th century BC; 12¾ and 8¼ in. (32.5 and 20.9 cm.) long. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The larger is cast in intaglio on each side at the top of the blade with a human face between two angled loops at the corners, and in front of a raised stop ridge with lateral flanges that separates the blade from the long tapered tang that is pierced with three holes.... [Lire la suite]