07 septembre 2021

Important Archaic Bronzes from the MacLean Collection at Sotheby's New York, 21 September 2021

To compile a collection of Chinese archaic bronzes as comprehensive and varied as that of Barry MacLean is a remarkable feat. It is weapons and tools made of bronze that define the Bronze Age – as against the Stone or the Iron Age – but the repertoire of ancient China’s bronze casters was vast. To showcase their ingenuity and inventiveness is clearly what Barry MacLean had in mind, when he assembled this group. The classic ritual vessels and bells that were used in the ancestral ceremonies of the Shang (c.1600-1046 BC) and Zhou... [Lire la suite]

04 avril 2020

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2036. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price Realized USD 845,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The deep, rounded body is raised on three columnar supports cast with blades, and is cast around the sides with a band of blades centered by cicadas on a leiwen ground pendent from a band of pairs of dragons confronted on notched flanges... [Lire la suite]
06 mars 2020

A large archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover, ding, Warring States Period, 5th century BC

Lot 2072. A large archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover, ding, Warring States Period, 5th century BC; 14 11/16 in. (37.2 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 480,000 - HKD 550,000. Price realised HKD 1,220,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010 The large and heavily cast vessel of globular form raised on cabriole legs, flanked at the shoulder by upright rectangular loop handles, the domed cover surmounted by a raised disc, the central body and cover cast with a dense design of stylised... [Lire la suite]
31 janvier 2020

Two carved 'lotus' Ding washers, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 3223. Two carved 'lotus' Ding washers, Song dynasty (960-1279). The larger, 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 400,000. Price realised HKD 625,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014.  Each dish is delicately potted with curved walls and is deftly carved to the interior with a large lotus sprig. Each dish is covered overall in an ivory-white glaze. The rims are bound with a thin metal band, box. Provenance: Hirano Kotoken, Tokyo. Note: It was a common practice of the... [Lire la suite]
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27 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Middle Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 162. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Middle Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC. Height 6 1/4 in., 16 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 62,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's the deep rounded sides rising to a pronounced everted lip and resting on three tapering columnar legs, the swelling body finely cast below the rim with a narrow band of three pairs of hook- beaked birds trailing long quills against a fine leiwen ground,  below a pair of... [Lire la suite]
02 décembre 2019

Outstanding Private Collections at Lempertz

The upcoming two-day Asian art auction offers once again high-quality artworks from all corners of Asia, featuring three noteworthy German private collections: The Gerda and Gottfried Hertel Collection (lots 329 – 343) with primarily archaic Chinese bronzes, the equally exciting Gerda Sökeland Collection with important Tibetan thangkas and a second part featuring a fine selection of Tibetan and Nepalese sculptures. No less remarkable is the collection of Japanese inrô from the property of German lady ... The top lots of the... [Lire la suite]
12 janvier 2019

A small bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1231. A small bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 7 1/8in. (18 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 242,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The waisted bulbous body cast in low relief with three pairs of dragons separated by flanges and confronted on taotie masks cast in high relief, above a band of pendent blades, each enclosing a cicada reserved on a leiwen ground similar to that of the band above,... [Lire la suite]