06 avril 2020

A rare bronze openwork taotie mask fitting, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th century

Lot 2041. A rare bronze openwork taotie mask fitting, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th century; 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 10,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The fitting is cast as a taotie mask with curved fangs, a beak-form nose above a curved hook, bulging eyes and a pair of pricked ears which flank a central openwork area formed by a figure standing with arms akimbo on the back legs of two confronted dragons. There... [Lire la suite]

06 avril 2020

A pair of gold and silver-inlaid bronze fittings, Late Warring States Period/Han dynasty, 3rd century BC-1st century AD

Lot 2040. A pair of gold and silver-inlaid bronze fittings, Late Warring States Period/Han dynasty, 3rd century BC-1st century AD; 5½ in. (9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realized USD 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  Each is of hexagonal form, and is inlaid in gold and silver sheet with a broad chevron band between gold interlaced scrolls on the spreading, hollow end and the baluster end, which is decorated on the flat top with a starburst motif, lucite... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2038. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price Realized USD 40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The deep body is raised on three blade-shaped supports and has a flat-cast band of two taotie masks with rounded eyes on the sides. One mask is centered by a narrow flange, the other by a blank space beneath the strap handle. A pair of D-shaped posts with... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2037. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) high. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price Realized USD 185,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The trumpet-shaped neck is cast in relief with blades filled with inverted and elongated taotie masks above a narrow band of serpents, and the center section with two taotie masks divided and separated by notched flanges, which are repeated on the... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A carved wooden cup, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century

Lot 3320. A carved wooden cup, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century; 11.5 cm., 4 1/2 in. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 HKD. Lot Sold 81,250 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. of irregular form, the light brown wood finely carved in varying layers of depth with a mountainous landscape with two figures playing chess in a rocky grotto amidst scattered pines and prunus, with a small house in the foreground, a pavilion and pagoda in the distance, the mouthrim and base fitted with a dark hardwood. ... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A small chenxiangmu libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century

Lot 3317. A small chenxiangmu libation cup, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century; 20.2 cm., 8 in. Estimate 150,000 — 250,000 HKD. Lot Sold 800,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the cup imitating a rhinoceros horn libation cup, carved in high-relief with a mountainous landscape containing houses nestled amid pine and bamboo trees, with figures wandering on rocky paths, the rich dark wood with smooth patina, the interior lacquered. Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of... [Lire la suite]

06 avril 2020

A carved Boxwood wristrest, Qing Dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3316. A carved Boxwood wristrest, Qing Dynasty, 18th century; 20.2 cm., 8 in. Estimate 150,000 — 250,000 HKD. Lot Sold 350,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. naturalistically carved as a slightly curled section of tree bark with irregular openings and cracks, one side carved in low relief with a branch of prunus blossom, the underside decorated with a sprig of three narcissus, the smooth patina of warm honey tone. Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A rare carved lotus pad wooden tray, signed Zhou Ziyan, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated to 1758

Lot 3309. A rare carved lotus pad wooden tray, signed Zhou Ziyan, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, dated to 1758; 37 cm., 14 1/2 in. Estimate 100,000 — 120,000 HKD. Lot Sold 500,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. carved from a thin plane of wood in the form of a broad naturalistic lotus leaf, the interior simply incised with a lotus vein ground, organic tears and holes, curling at the edges, the underside realistically rendered with the stem stippled and... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A rare imperial ivory and bamboo-veneer melon-shaped box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 3306. A rare imperial ivory and bamboo-veneer melon-shaped box and cover, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 12.5 cm., 4 7/8 in. Estimate 1,800,000 — 2,500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,180,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the oval-shaped melon oriented on its side divided lengthwise into evenly spaced segments by furrows, the cover embellished with green-stained ivory leaves and tendrils and two small rock crystal butterflies, the box similarly deocorated with the green stem issuing... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A coral-red reverse-painted bowl, seal mark and period of Daoguang (1821-1850)

Lot 3176. A coral-red reverse-painted bowl, seal mark and period of Daoguang (1821-1850); 13 cm., 5 1/8 in. Estimate 70,000 — 90,000 HKD. Lot Sold 212,500 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. delicately potted, the exterior finely decorated in iron-red enamel with a row of peony flower heads alternating with smaller lotus flowers all borned on a meandering foliate scroll above a row of lotus blooms linked to the same scrolls, all reserved against a bright coral-coloured iron... [Lire la suite]