07 juin 2020

A selection of archaic bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection at Christie's New York, 15-16 March 2015

Leopold and Jane Swergold. Lot 3182. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC, the inscription later; 11 in. (28 cm.) across the handles. Estimate $60,000 - $80,000. Price realised $93,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015. The body is horizontally grooved below a band of dissolved dragons confronted on abstract taotie masks, which is repeated on the cover below a shallow groove encircling the circular, collared handle, which is... [Lire la suite]

07 juin 2020

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC, the inscription later

Lot 3180. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC, the inscription later; 11½ in. (29.2 cm.) wide across handles. Estimate $60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised $149,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015. The S-curved body is raised on a pedestal foot encircled by a band of four taotie masks formed by pairs of dragons confronted on narrow flanges, and is encircled below the everted rim with a band of four similar taotie masks, the... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2020

A finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 2011. A finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC; 12¾ in. (32.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price Realized USD 245,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The trumpet-shaped neck is cast in crisp relief with four upright blades filled with the detached elements of inverted taotie masks rising from a narrow band of serpents. Both the center section and the tall, spreading foot are cast with two taotie masks,... [Lire la suite]
21 février 2020

A fine bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th - 10th century BC

Lot 153. A fine bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 6 3/4  in., 17.1 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 100,000 USD. Lot sold 162,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the trilobed body supported on three columnar legs, each lobe centered with a taotie mask with protruding eyes, reserved on a dense leiwen ground, the lipped rim set with two upright loop handles, a later added two-character... [Lire la suite]
14 février 2020

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 1247. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC; 10½ in. (26.7 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 194,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The deep body of slight S-profile raised on a slightly spreading foot encircled by a band of alternating stars and whorls reserved on a leiwen ground, a similar band repeated below the everted rim centered on two sides with a small animal mask above a bow-string border, the pair of... [Lire la suite]
30 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (yan), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 160. An archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (yan), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 14 1/4 in., 36 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot sold 34,375 USD. Photo Sotheby's comprising two sections, the upper of deep U-shape rising to a flared rim and encircled by a three pairs of taotie confronting on narrow flanges, the rim with two upright loop handles, the lower section with three legs of conjoined... [Lire la suite]

25 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 164. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 7 1/8 in.,18 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Lot sold 98,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's with flaring mouth and splayed foot cast around the sides in bold crisp relief with two horned taotie masks with bulging eyes on a leiwen ground bisected by narrow flanges between double bowstring bands, two characters inscribed on the base of the... [Lire la suite]
25 janvier 2020

A large archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 159. A large archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 13 3/4 in., 35 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 250,000 USD. Lot sold 434,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's supported on a high splayed foot, the body crisply cast with three taotie with raised eyes in a broad band each bisected by a narrow flange against a leiwen ground, the angled shoulder with a further narrower band interrupted by three bovine masks... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A rare large bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 1216. A rare large bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC; 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 120,000 - USD 180,000. Price realised USD 135,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The deep, rounded sides are raised on three columnar supports, and are cast in low relief with a wide band of snakes reserved on a leiwen ground, below a pair of bail handles rising from the rim. The interior is cast with a graph. The bronze surface has a dark silvery-grey... [Lire la suite]
13 janvier 2020

A rare carved bone figure of a tiger, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 1192. A rare carved bone figure of a tiger, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC; 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) long. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 30,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The hollow, or partially hollow, figure is well carved in the round as a tiger standing with head facing forward and tail curled to form a loop. The head is well delineated and there are bands of hooked scrolls on the back, chevrons on the sides and scale-like markings on the belly. The bone... [Lire la suite]