24 février 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC)

Lot 65. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC); 20.3cm., 8in. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 21,250 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped body rising from three blade legs to a pointed rim opposite a long spout flanked by a pair of posts, cast around the body with  two raised filets and set to one side with a loop handle issuing from an animal mask, traces of a pictogram visible beneath the handle, the metal with a... [Lire la suite]

24 février 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC)

Lot 61. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC); 17.5cm., 6 7/8 in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 9,375 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped body rising from three tall blade legs to a pointed rim opposite a long channelled spout flanked by a pair of posts, the body cast with three  filets and set to one side with a simple loop handle, the metal patinated to a dark gunmetal grey with mottled malachite encrustation. ... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC)

Lot 60. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC); 22.5cm., 8 7/8 in. Estimate 10,000 — 20,000 GBP. Lot sold 12,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the body of slender form with trumpet neck, the central bulb cast with taotie divided by vertical flanges and on a dense leiwen ground, all between raised filets encircling the body and a similarly cast taotie band at the spreading foot, covered overall with a mottled... [Lire la suite]
10 février 2020

A Rare Archaic Bronze Animal Handle, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty

Lot 3639. A Rare Archaic Bronze Animal Handle, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty; 20.5 cm., 8 1/8  in. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,240,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's. the fragment composed of a feline seated upright straddling a horned mythical beast with a wide open fanged mouth, devouring the head of a creature stuck in its mouth, the three-clawed paws of the victim grasping the neck of the beast, its lower body morphing into the head of an elephant, the tail of... [Lire la suite]
30 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (you), Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 10th Century BC

Lot 166. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (you), Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 10th Century BC. Height 9 1/2 in., 23.4 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 146,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's of rounded elliptical section, supported on a broad, thinly cast and slightly splayed footrim, the body decorated with a frieze of two paired birds with long hooked tails in relief on a leiwen ground confronted on a high-relief bovine mask, with two loops on the... [Lire la suite]
30 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (yan), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 160. An archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (yan), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 14 1/4 in., 36 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot sold 34,375 USD. Photo Sotheby's comprising two sections, the upper of deep U-shape rising to a flared rim and encircled by a three pairs of taotie confronting on narrow flanges, the rim with two upright loop handles, the lower section with three legs of conjoined... [Lire la suite]

30 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui), Late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th-8th century BC

Lot 161. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui), Late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th-8th century BC. Width 14 in., 35.5 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 6,875 USD. Photo Sotheby's of slightly compressed ovoid form, cast with four horizontal ribs below a band of intertwined stylized dragons, a large pair of horned animal masks issuing loop handles with pendent tabs to each side, the design repeated on the domed cover surmounted by an everted ring knob, all... [Lire la suite]
27 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Middle Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 162. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Middle Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC. Height 6 1/4 in., 16 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 62,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's the deep rounded sides rising to a pronounced everted lip and resting on three tapering columnar legs, the swelling body finely cast below the rim with a narrow band of three pairs of hook- beaked birds trailing long quills against a fine leiwen ground,  below a pair of... [Lire la suite]
27 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel (ding), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC

Lot 150. An archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel (ding), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC. Height 7 1/4 in., 18.2 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 206,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's of deep rounded form with a slight S-form profile, the swollen lower section flat cast with pendent triangles enclosing cicada surmounted by a frieze of three pairs of confronting bird-like dragons with raised circular eyes divided by shallow notched flanges on... [Lire la suite]
26 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover (fangyi), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC

Lot 151. An archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover (fangyi), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC. Height 9 1/2 in., 24.2 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot sold 158,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's of well cast slightly tapering rectangular form, the decoration divided into three sections, the central frieze with a large taotie with protuberant eyes and slit pupils, hooked and curling horns, flanked between narrow registers of confronting... [Lire la suite]