04 août 2019

A gold-inlaid bronze sword, Warring States period, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 995. A gold-inlaid bronze sword, Warring States period, 5th-4th century BC; 19 in. (48.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The long, tapering blade has beveled edges and a distinct median ridge. The diamond-shaped guard, the hilt with two circular flanges, and the circular, dished pommel, are each decorated with taotie masks and gold-inlaid bird scroll. The bronze has extensive malachite-green encrustation. ... [Lire la suite]

20 février 2017

An unusual bronze harness fitting with jingle, Northwest China, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 821. An unusual bronze harness fitting with jingle, Northwest China, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The upper section of the flat-backed fitting is a rounded openwork jingle enclosing a loose ball that is formed by five rams, their muzzles joined at the center, on the reverse are four attachment loops, the lower section is a trefoil flange pierced with scrolls. The front of the ornament is tinned. 3 ¼ in. (8.2 cm.) long Provenance: Sotheby’s... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A bronze ibex ornament, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 819. A bronze ibex ornament, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 1,500 - USD 2,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The ornament is heavily cast as a recumbent ibex with backward-turned head, and a horizontal attachment loop is on the reverse. There is extensive malachite encrustation. 2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) high Provenance: Sotheby's London, 10-11 December 1992, lot 318.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida. Literature: E. C. Bunker, et al., "Animal Style" Art from East to West,... [Lire la suite]
01 mars 2016

A pair of opaque altered jade dragon-form pendants, Warring States period, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 914. A pair of opaque altered jade dragon-form pendants, Warring States period, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate $100,000 – $150,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016 Each flat plaque is finely carved in the shape of a dragon with upward-turned head at one end of the sharply arched, S-shaped body, and a coiled tail at the other end that terminates in a bird's head with curled beak. The body is carved on both sides in low relief with comma spirals and the tail with scales on either side of a central striated band, and... [Lire la suite]
17 mars 2015

A very rare white jade arc-shaped pendant, huang, China, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BC

A very rare white jade arc-shaped pendant, huang, China, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate $60,000 – $80,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 Each side of the upper section finely carved in relief with comma spirals, a small hole drilled from one side below the rim, the lower section carved in symmetrical, curvilinear openwork with elaborate hooked scrolls formed by a pair of adorsed birds with curled wings and long bifurcated tails that trail along the bottom of the arc, the semi-translucent stone of... [Lire la suite]