04 avril 2020

A rare bronze 'double horse' yoke ornament, northwest China, Inner Mongolia, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 2031. A rare bronze 'double horse' yoke ornament, northwest China, Inner Mongolia, 5th-4th century BC; 3¼ in. (8.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 6,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The ornament is in the shape of a pair of hollow-cast horses standing on two horizontal bars and joined by a bar that spans the back of their necks. They have circular, cut-out eyes, a circular opening in the front of the muzzle, upright ears and long tails with... [Lire la suite]

04 avril 2020

A copper-inlaid bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, he, Warring States period, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 2025. A copper-inlaid bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, he, Warring States period, 5th-4th century BC; 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) high, 9 in. (23 cm.) across. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 10,000. Price Realized USD 13,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The compressed globular body is raised on three slender, waisted supports and is cast around the sides with three raised bands inlaid in copper, the one on the shoulder interrupted by a bird-form spout with backward-curved tail that... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A very rare bronze tiger-form applique, late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 1233. A very rare bronze tiger-form applique, late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BC; 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) wide. Estimate 45,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 62,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The powerfully proportioned tiger is cast crouching atop a roof-shaped base composed of three concave rectangular panels decorated in relief with a dense pattern of overlapping spiral motifs. The arched neck, back and tail of the tiger are finely detailed with wavy stripes. The haunches, shoulders and... [Lire la suite]
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]