17 octobre 2020

Three bronze bells, zhong, Late Spring and  Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 1511. Three bronze bells, zhong, Late Spring and  Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC; 9 ¼ in. (23.5 cm.), 7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.), 7 1/8 (18 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 137,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. Each is finely cast with bands of bosses formed by coiled serpents above a broad taotie band and surmounted by an inverted U-shaped handle cast with cowrie shells emerging from the mouths of recumbent mythical beasts, stand. Provenance: Acquired in Hong... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

A rare large bronze bell, bo zhong, late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 1244. A rare large bronze bell, bo zhong, late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC; 24¼ in. (61.6 cm.) high. Estimate 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 81,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Of lenticular section, the bell is unusually cast in thread relief with with rows of interlaced, angular serpent scroll alternating with rows of raised bosses cast with whorl motifs flanking a plain panel on both sides. The dragon scroll is repeated in the gu panel below, on the flat top,... [Lire la suite]
20 septembre 2019

A rare beigeish-yellow jade pendant, Late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 829. A rare beigeish-yellow jade pendant, Late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC; 1 7/8 in. (5 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 62,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The slightly curved pendant of rectangular shape is carved on top with small dragons reserved on an incised line ground, and is pierced at each end. The semi-translucent jade is of yellowish-beige color.  Provenance: A. W. Bahr and E. H. Bahr Collection, 1963.Arthur... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2019

A pair of small bronze openwork plaques, Northern Hebei province, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 869. A pair of small bronze openwork plaques, Northern Hebei province, 6th-5th century BC; 2 in. (5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000. Price realised USD 2,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010. Of rectangular form, each cast in openwork as two pairs of recumbent kulan with backward-turned heads, only their forequarters shown, as if they are overlapping each other, with convex reverse. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1992. Exhibited: The Glorious Traditions of... [Lire la suite]
15 août 2019

Zhou Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY, 12 September 2019

Johan Carl Kempe (8 December 1884 – 8 July 1967) at the Stockholm Olympics, 1912. Photo Swedish Olympic Committee. Formed by Dr. Johan Carl Kempe, a prominent collector of Chinese art, the sale is comprised of exquisite gold and silver objects from Ancient China, ranging in date from the Spring and Autumn Period (late 6th – early 5th century B.C) to the Qing period. The collection is particularly strong in gold and silver works dating from the Tang period, the zenith for works produced in this material. The... [Lire la suite]