02 août 2019

An unusual bronze cylindrical tripod vessel and cover, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-356 BC)

Lot 997. An unusual bronze cylindrical tripod vessel and cover, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-356 BC); 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate $15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 52,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The tall, cylindrical vessel is raised on three stylized ram-form supports and decorated around the sides with continuous bands of addorsed birds, interrupted by mask handles on either side that are attached to chain links that are joined by a U-shaped dragon-form handle. The cover is similarly decorated.... [Lire la suite]

02 août 2019

An important and very rare bronze ritual stem bowl, Dou, Western Zhou dynasty, 9th-8th century BC

Lot 1001. An important and very rare bronze ritual stem bowl, Dou, Western Zhou dynasty, 9th-8th century BC; 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high. Estimate $200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 401,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The heavily cast vessel has a shallow bowl with incurved rim and is cast in high relief around the upright exterior with eight whorl-decorated bosses flanked by scrolls and arranged in pairs in four panels above four large openings in the underside and at the top of the hollow pedestal foot,... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2019

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 993. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 10¾ in. (27.2 cm.) across handles. Estimate $40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 317,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The body is cast with a band of narrow vertical ribs below a band of long-tailed birds confronted on a simplified mask and reserved on a leiwen ground, interrupted by two animal masks which surmount the handles cast in intaglio on the sides with scrolls and terminating below in... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2019

A bronze ritual wine vessel and a cover, You, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 992. A bronze ritual wine vessel and a cover, You, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high. Estimate $15,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The pear-shaped body, of oval section, is raised on a spreading pedestal foot. The arched handle terminates at either end with tapir heads attached by loops to lugs projecting from the body. The interior is cast with the inscription, You zuo lü ('You made [this you] for expedition... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2019

'Between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Freud and Egypt' at Freud Museum, London

London - This new exhibition explores Freud’s enduring fascination with Egypt evident both in his writings and in his collection of antiquities. A painting of Oedipus’ encounter with the Sphinx famously hung beside Freud’s couch. Nobody doubts the significance of Oedipus to the development of Freud’s thought but the presence of the Sphinx reminds us of his less celebrated interest in Egyptian culture. Egyptian artefacts form the largest part of Freud’s collection and lie behind his ‘archaeological metaphor’ – one of his most... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2019

Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

Titian's Workshop, Orpheus Enchanting the Animals, Apsley House. LONDON.- An 18-month English Heritage conservation and research project have concluded that an Apsley House painting thought for more than 100 years to be by Allesandro Varotari, is in fact by Titian’s workshop, in collaboration with the master himself. Orpheus Enchanting the Animals can now be seen by the public as it is back on display from today (Thursday 1 August 2019) at Apsley House, on Hyde Park Corner in London. Provenance of Orpheus... [Lire la suite]

01 août 2019

A carved and gem set jade elephant, India, late 19th century

Lot 199. A carved and gem set jade elephant, India, late 19th century; 1 3/8 ins. (3.5 cm.) wide; 7/8 in. (2.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 35,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Set with diamonds and rubies. Christie's. Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence, New York, 19 June 2019
01 août 2019

A jade-hilted dagger, India, first half 18th century

Lot 192. A jade-hilted dagger, India, first half 18th century; 17 ins. (43.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 35,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The hilt carved from a single piece of jade, watered-steel blade. Literature: Jaffer 2013, p. 123, ill. p. 186, no. 52. Christie's. Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence, New York, 19 June 2019
01 août 2019

A footed enamelled gold bowl, Mughal India, 18th century

Lot 101. A footed enamelled gold bowl, Mughal India, 18th century; 3 ins. (7.6 cm.) diam.; 1 ¾ ins. (4.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 35,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Enamelled in translucent green, red and yellow with blue, white and black, the interior enamelled in green and decorated with a central flowerhead with a band of floral frieze around the inner lip, the base in plain gold, engraved with numerals. Christie's. Maharajas & Mughal... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2019

A jade and silver archer’s ring, India, 1650-1700

Lot 16. A jade and silver archer’s ring, India, 1650-1700; ¾ in. (2 cm.) high; 1 1/8 ins. (2.8 cm.) wide; 1 ½ ins. (3.8 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price realised USD 35,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Set with rubies and emeralds, the gold kundan setting carved with serrated edges and scalloped around the central ruby. Literature: Jaffer 2013, p.55, no.21. Exhibited: Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2015, p.93, no.44Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p.106,... [Lire la suite]