07 janvier 2019

A Nazca shell 'pectoral' necklace, Southern Peru, 200-600 A.D.

Lot 57. A Nazca shell 'pectoral' necklace, Southern Peru, 200-600 A.D.;11 ½ in. (29 cm.) high; 14 ½ in. (36 cm.) long. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 12,620 - USD 18,930). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. The pectoral is made from small shaped pieces of orange spondylus shell with a woven cotton backing. Provenance: The Merrin Gallery, New York, 1986. Collection Barbier-Mueller, Geneva, Inv. no. 532-40Collection Barbier-Meuller; sold Sotheby's, Paris, 22-23 March 2013, lot 95. ... [Lire la suite]

07 janvier 2019

A rare greyish-green and opaque buff jade 'toothed' pendant fragment, Neolithic period, Hongshan culture, circa 3500-3000 BC

Lot 1210. A rare greyish-green and opaque buff jade 'toothed' pendant fragment, Neolithic period, Hongshan culture, circa 3500-3000 BC; 3½ in. (8.9 cm.) long. Estimate $15,000 - USD 18,000. Price Realised $43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The thin plaque well carved on both sides with a series of curvilinear grooves and corresponding ridges swooping down to form a lower row of tapering, ridged 'teeth' or 'tusks' and a wide, incurved cusp at one end, two of the grooves curving tightly upward to... [Lire la suite]
07 janvier 2019

A large brownish-olive jade ceremonial blade 

Lot 1209. A large brownish-olive jade ceremonial blade; 15 7/8 in. (39.7 cm.) long. Estimate $6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realised $25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Of hu tablet form, the thick blade tapering slightly towards the pointed tip, with two holes, each carved from one side, the opaque stone with buff and brownish markings, with satiny polish. Provenance: In the United States prior to 1977. Christie's. Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 24 March 2011, New York,... [Lire la suite]
07 janvier 2019

A mottled dark green jade recumbent buffalo pendant

Lot 1207. A mottled dark green jade recumbent buffalo pendant;2 3/8 and 3 5/8 in. (6 and 9.2 cm.) long. Estimate $8,000 - USD 12,000. Price Realised $43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Carved in the round in Shang style, with head facing forward, the horns with angular scrolls, with a bullnose channel through the mouth and lower jaw, the legs tucked under the body forming two crossed channels between them, with satiny polish; together with a thick white jade curved dragon pendant, Eastern Zhou... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2019

An unusual bronze scoop, Han dynasty, circa 3rd-2nd century BC 

Lot 1203. An unusual bronze scoop, Han dynasty, circa 3rd-2nd century BC; 10½ in. (26.8 cm.) long, stand. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 9,375. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The deep rounded bowl with everted rim leading into the hollowed handle which is cast on the interior with two characters, er rong, and is spanned at the curved end by a mask with bird-like tail, with mottled milky green encrustation inside and out.  Provenance: J.T. Tai & Co., New York,... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2019

An unusual bronze cylindrical axle cap or fitting, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC 

Lot 1202. An unusual bronze cylindrical axle cap or fitting, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) diam. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 9,375. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The top cast in high relief with a coiled bottle-horn dragon encircled by the raised outer rim, the sides cast in intaglio as if a continuation of the dragon's long body coiled around the sides and detailed with scales, with malachite and ferrous... [Lire la suite]

06 janvier 2019

Three bronze socketed Ge halberd blades, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou

Lot 1201. Three bronze socketed Ge halberd blades, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou; 10, 8 3/8 and 9½ in. (25.5, 21.2 and 24 cm.) long. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 10,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. Each tapering blade with a median ridge on both sides that continues over the tubular socket to the tang, one cast on both sides in intaglio with a taotie mask, the other two with a single pictograph, possibly a clan sign, all with malachite encrustation.  ... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2019

Bowl with two boys and foliage, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), 12th–13th century

Bowl with two boys and foliage, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), 12th–13th century. Porcelain with incised and combed decoration under light-bluish glaze (Jingdezhen Qingbai ware). H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Diam. of foot: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm). Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011, 2011.201. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The deep conical bowl is finely and thinly potted, and is supported by a tapered foot. The incised and combed decoration, which fills... [Lire la suite]
06 janvier 2019

Base of a pillow in the form of a boy, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), 11th–12th century

Base of a pillow in the form of a boy, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), 11th–12th century. Porcelain with ivory white glaze (Ding ware). H. Incl. base 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); W. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); L. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm). Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991, 1991.253.15. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
06 janvier 2019

Boys in a lotus pond, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), 13th–14th century

Boys in a lotus pond, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), 13th–14th century. Porcelain with bluish-toned glaze (Jingdezhen Qingbai ware). H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); W. 3 in. (7.6 cm); L. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm). Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2010, 2010.311. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.