18 mai 2020

Chinese Archaic Bronzes from the Franco Marinotti Collection at Bonhams, 14 May 2015

Coming from a small city in Italy, the extraordinary journey of Franco Marinotti (1891-1966) began in a textile company near Milan (the Filatura Cascami Seta) at the beginning of the 20th century, where he made his way up to the prominent position of managing the Warsaw and Moscow branches. This enriching experience and strong commercial relationships developed in Russia allowed him to launch his own company in 1921, the CICE - Compagnia Industriale Commercio Estero, and have continuous business... [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]
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]
04 avril 2020

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

Lot 2035. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 11¾ in. (30 cm.) high. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price Realized USD 62,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The trumpet-shaped neck is cast in low relief with leiwen-filled blades rising from a band of serpents with hatchured bodies, and the middle section with two taotie masks divided and separated by notched flanges, which are repeated on the spreading foot where they... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2020

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

Lot 2013. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 8¼ in. (21 cm.) high. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price Realized USD 725,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The vessel is raised on three columnar supports and is crisply cast in relief on the sides with three taotie masks positioned between the legs, and centered on and separated by flanges. The horns of the masks are formed by dragons, and the masks are on... [Lire la suite]

26 mars 2020

A small bronze bell, nao, Shang dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2010. A small bronze bell, nao, Shang dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th century BC; 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 35,000 - USD 45,000. Price Realized USD 62,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  Of lenticular section, each side is cast in high relief with a taotie mask with buffalo horns below a square panel (striking area). The hollow, tapering shank opens into the base of the bell, and the interior wall is cast with a two-character inscription, wood box. ... [Lire la suite]
14 février 2020

A bronze ritual tripod steamer, xian, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1243. A bronze ritual tripod steamer, xian, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 65,000 - USD 75,000. Price realised USD 182,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The deep bowl cast in intaglio with a taotie band filled with black inlay below a pair of upright bail handles, each mask centered between the three bovine masks hollow-cast at the top of each leg, the bottom of the interior fitted with a hinged, reticulated triangular... [Lire la suite]
14 février 2020

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

Lot 1241. A very rare bronze ritual food vessel and cover, gui, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 302,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Raised on a tall, splayed pedestal foot cast around the sides with four taotie masks framed by the pendent blades of the long handles which issue from bovine masks with pronounced horns and interrupt a band of alternating whorls and descending dragons... [Lire la suite]
23 janvier 2020

GALERIE CHRISTIAN DEYDIER, Stand 22c at BRAFA, 26 janvier-2 février 2020

Haniwa horse head, Japan, Kofun Period, 6th century. Earthenware. H 46 cm. © Galerie Christian Deydier. Taotie mask, China, Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th century BC. Bronze with green patina. H 18 cm. © Galerie Christian Deydier. Dancer, China, Han Dynasty, 206 BC-220 AD. Earthenware with traces of polychromy. H 48 cm. © Galerie Christian Deydier.