04 avril 2020

A bronze openwork rectangular plaque, Northwest China, 2nd-1st century BC

Lot 2029. A bronze openwork rectangular plaque, Northwest China, 2nd-1st century BC; 4¾ and 3 3/8 in. (12.2 and 8.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 3,500 - USD 5,500. Price Realized USD 12,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The plaque is cast with two addorsed ibex with outward-facing heads cast in high relief, their arching horns entwined in the leaves of the trees beneath which they stand. The reverse is slightly concave. There is a brown patina and green encrustation. Together... [Lire la suite]

21 janvier 2020

DAVID AARON, Stand 32c at BRAFA, 26 janvier-2 février 2020

Horse fulcrum, Hellenistic, 2nd-1st century BC. Bronze with silver inlay. H 17 cm. © DAVID AARON Provenance: reputedly part of a private European collection, 1970s; private collection, New York; art market, New York; private collection Alabastron, Achaemenid Empire, Western Asia, 5th century BC. Silver. H 26.1 cm. © DAVID AARON Provenance: private collection; Europe; private collection, acquired from the above circa 1995; sold at: Antiquities, Christie’s 11t December 2003, London, Lot 119; art market, London; acquired... [Lire la suite]
17 août 2019

A rare pale grey jade disc, bi, Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC

Lot 481. A rare pale grey jade disc, bi, Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 121,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008. Each side carved in relief with a field of comma spirals set within narrow, raised borders, the translucent stone and of even yellow tone and finely polished, box, stand. Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm E. Mcpherson Provenance: Acquired in the 1980s. Note: A very similarly carved yellow... [Lire la suite]
17 août 2019

A large pale grey jade disc, bi, Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC 

Lot 477. A large pale grey jade disc, bi, Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC; 8¼ in. (21 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 20,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008. Both sides with a plain inner and outer border, with a wide band of faceted comma spirals carved in low relief within an hexagonal criss-cross gridwork set within a striated border, and an outer band carved with outward-facing bovine masks with long, scrolling horns, the pale grey stone with some black and russet... [Lire la suite]
29 décembre 2018

ArtAncient at BRAFA 2019, Stand 73b

Aphrodite Anadyomene, Greece, Hellenistic period, 2nd-1st century BC. Marble torso. H 22.8 cm. © ArtAncient at BRAFA 2019, Stand 73b. Provenance: private collection of George and Denise Poncet, France, acquired prior to 1960. Tetradrachm with the portrait of Alexander, Greece, circa 297 BC. Silver. Ø 3.3 cm. Weight: 17.15 g. © ArtAncient at BRAFA 2019, Stand 73b.  Provenance: collection of Orme Lewis, purchased from Bank Leu, 23 June 1987. Exhibition: Phoenix Ancient... [Lire la suite]
19 août 2018

Axel Vervoordt, Stand 206 at TEFAF New York Fall 2018

Head of a Julio-Claudian adolescent, Western part of the Roman Empire, circa 10 BC-40 AD. White marble, partially covered with an iron-oxide patina. Height 41.9 cm (16.5 in.). Image courtesy of Axel Vervoordt / Stand 206 Provenance: Sotheby's Antiquities sale, 14 December 1994, lot 92; Private collection Peter Iasillo; Private collection, Martin Armstrong. Vasque-Urn, Roman, 2nd-1st century BC. Marble, 41 x 28 x 25 cm (16.3 x 11 x 10 in). Image courtesy of Axel Vervoordt / Stand 206 ... [Lire la suite]

23 mars 2015

An 'Ash-glazed' proto-porcelain hu-form jar, China, Western Han dynasty, 2nd-1st Century BC

Lot 779. An 'ash-glazed' proto-porcelain hu-form jar, China, Western Han dynasty, 2nd-1st Century BC; 16 7/8 in. (43 cm.) high. Estimate $3,000 - $5,000. Price Realized $6,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The shoulder incised with two bands of scrolls between raised borders and applied with a pair of mask and ring handles, all under a mottled olive-toned glaze below combed decorative bands on the unglazed neck Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2015

A parcel-gilt bronze circular 'TLV' mirror, China, Western Han dynasty, 2nd-1st Century BC

Lot 711. A parcel-gilt bronze circular 'TLV' mirror, China, Western Han dynasty, 2nd-1st Century BC; 4 ½ in. (11.5 cm.) diameter; 208 g. Estimate $5,000 - $7,000. Price Realized $16,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The central knob within a square surrounded by animals, birds and an immortal cast in thread relief amidst 'TLV' motifs, below a saw-tooth band on the rim, the ground gilded, box. Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1990. Christie's. THE... [Lire la suite]
19 juillet 2012

Jade cicadas. China, Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC

Jade cicadas. China, Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC. Length: 6.000 cm (max.). Width: 3.300 cm (max.). On loan from a private collection OA 24:9. The British Museum. © 2003 Private Collection © Trustees of the British Museum The people of the Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) appear to have believed that jade offered some form of protection in the afterlife so that the deceased might continue to enjoy life after death in the manner in which they had lived life. The orifices of the deceased were... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2012

Bas-relief of a bearded man, 2nd-1st cents. BC. Hellenistic. Joseph Smith

Bas-relief of a bearded man, 2nd-1st cents. BC. Hellenistic. Joseph Smith; from whom acquired by George III. The Royal Collection © 2012,Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. RCIN 65756 Sardonyx: white with brown highlights; open gold mount with quatrefoil reverse, suspension loop and ring - 3.8 x 3.4 cm, depth of relief 1.5 cm Relief of the head of a bearded man, rendered almost wholly in the round but the left eye and cheek are drawn back close to the background. He wears a wreath, which appears to be... [Lire la suite]
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