09 août 2019

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 16. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 22.5cm., 8 7/8 in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot Sold 36,050 GBP. © Sotheby's the rounded body rising from a high spreading foot to an angled shoulder and broad flaring mouth, the shoulders cast in high relief with three bovine masks set against a stylised bird band, all above three large taotie masks with boss 'eyes' divided by vertical flanges, the foot and neck... [Lire la suite]

09 août 2019

An archaic bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, zun, Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 13. An archaic bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, zun, Western Zhou dynasty; 26.2cm., 10 1/4 in. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot Sold 28,750 GBP. © Sotheby's the central bulb cast in low relief with two large taotie masks each with ram horns, bulging eyes and curling jaws revealing a pair of teeth reserved on a leiwen ground, the wide flaring trumpet neck and tall spreading foot each decorated with raised lines, the interior with a seven character... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2019

An archaic bronze ritual tripod wine vesse, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 989. An archaic bronze ritual tripod wine vesse, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 11¼ in. (28.6 cm.) high. Estimate $30,000 - USD 40,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014 The slender gu has a plain trumpet-shaped neck, the central and lower sections are cast with taotie masks reserved on a leiwen ground, the masks in the center section divided by narrow flanges. The patina is of a mottled blue-green and grey color and there are... [Lire la suite]
19 juillet 2019

An archaic bronze brazier, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Lot 70. An archaic bronze brazier, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Length 10 1/4  in., 26 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 11,875 USD. © Sotheby's the openwork sides of oval section case with the animals of the four cardinal directions, the longer sides with the dragon of the east and the tiger of the west,  the shorter sides with the bird of the south and the the tortoise of the north, the rectangular base with stepped bevelled edges supported on four small ... [Lire la suite]
19 juillet 2019

An archaic bronze vessel and cover, You, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 60. An archaic bronze vessel and cover, You, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC. Height 13 1/2  in., 34.3 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 60,000 USD. © Sotheby's the pear-shaped body, eliptical in cross section, with a domed cover and movable handle, three decorative registers on cover, neck and molded foot, with the cover and foot bearing identical motifs of two pairs of confronting crested birds with long raised... [Lire la suite]
19 juillet 2019

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, Yu, late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 59. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, Yu, late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Height 6 1/4  in., 15.9 cm; Diameter 9 3/4  in., 24.8 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Lot sold 75,000 USD. © Sotheby's the deep rounded body with an everted rim all raised on a tall splayed foot, a frieze below the rim decorated with stylized dragon motifs, bi-sectioned by three raised taotie masks, similarly on the foot but without the... [Lire la suite]

24 mai 2019

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, Jue, Shang Dynasty (circa 1600-1046 BCE)

Lot 3. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, Jue, Shang Dynasty (circa 1600-1046 BCE); 20.1cm (8 1/8in) high. Estimate £4,000 - £6,000. Sold for £ 25,062 (€ 28,447). © Bonhams 2001-2019 The vessel with a deep U-shaped body rising from three splayed triangular blade legs to a pointed rim opposite a guttered spout flanked by a pair of posts capped with conical 'fire-whorl' medallions, the exterior boldly cast with two taotie masks with bulging eyes separated by flanges, one side set with a... [Lire la suite]
22 mai 2019

An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, zhi, Shang Dynasty

Lot 4. An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, zhi, Shang Dynasty; 15.5cm (6 1/8in) high. Estimate £28,000 - 34,000. Sold for £ 35,062 (€ 40,021). © Bonhams 2001-2019 The well cast pear-shaped body rising from a tall splayed foot to a flared mouth with lipped rim, cast around the neck and the foot with a leiwen band centred by a shallow flange on each side, domed cover with knop similarly decorated with a leiwen band, the bronze with light malachite and azurite encrustations, wood stand.  ... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2019

An Archaic Bronze Ritual Vessel, Fangding, Western Zhou Dynasty, 1046-771 B.C.

Lot 3038. An Archaic Bronze Ritual Vessel, Fangding, Western Zhou Dynasty, 1046-771 B.C. H 31cm. Estimate HKD 3,200,000 - 3,800,000 (USD 407,584 - 484,006). Lot sold HKD 3,776,000 (USD 480,949). © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited Provenance: Acquired in Tokyo Jufukaku Kobijutsu, 19 March 2011. Literature: 1. Man Minghui, The Bronze Age, Wenwu, 2015, p.90-33, no.702. Wu Zhenfeng, Shang Zhou Qingtongqi Mingwen Ji Tuxiang Jicheng Xubian, 2016, vol.1, p. 91, no. 94. Poly Auction Hong... [Lire la suite]
22 mars 2019

An extremely rare set of seven archaic bronze ritual bells (zhong), Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC)

Lot 663. An extremely rare set of seven archaic bronze ritual bells (zhong), Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC). Height of tallest 17 1/4  in., 43.8 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot sold 325,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each bell of pointed oval section with the two sides rising up in an arc, set on each side with rows of evenly distributed bosses, divided by two horizontal bands of stylized bird motifs and one vertical band enclosing a nine-character inscription... [Lire la suite]