05 mars 2022

A blue and white moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, late 15th-early 16th century

Lot 1108. A blue and white moonflask, bianhu, Ming dynasty, late 15th-early 16th century; 13 1⁄2 in. (34.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 – USD 20,000. © Christie's 2022 The flattened spherical body is raised on a quatrefoil foot and is decorated on each side with a central recess enclosing a ruyi-form flower head surrounded by lions interspersed with floral branches, all within a line border and an outer field of lotus and fish scroll. Loop handles flank the waisted lower section of the neck,... [Lire la suite]

15 février 2022

'Art and Industry: China’s Ancient Houma Foundry' at the National Museum of Asian Art

© 2022 Smithsonian Institution The largest bronze foundry complex from antiquity was excavated at Houma in northern China in the mid-twentieth century. At the two-acre site, archaeologists discovered evidence of extremely sophisticated manufacturing techniques. Fragments of reused clay models, master pattern blocks, and decorated clay molds indicate the adoption of ceramic pattern transfers to cast ornamented bronze objects. Using pattern blocks to increase the speed and volume of production without sacrificing quality was an... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2021

The Best of Chinese Art at Bonhams November Asian Art Week in London

Lot 234. An extremely rare and important cloisonné enamel 'pomegranates' box and cover, Xuande incised six-character marks and of the period (1426-1435); 12cm (4 3/4in) diam. Estimate £ 400,000 - 600,000 (€ 480,000 - 710,000). Sold for £ 622,750 (€ 728,319). © Bonhams 2001-2021 London - This Asian Art Week in London celebrated each November will undoubtedly be an exciting one at Bonhams. The week begins with a wide range of pieces on offer in the Asian Art sale, which will be held at Bonhams Knightsbridge... [Lire la suite]
15 septembre 2021

A bronze garlic-head flask (Bianhu), Han dynasty (206 -220 AD)

Lot 41. A bronze garlic-head flask (Bianhu), Han dynasty (206 -220 AD). Width 13½ in., 34.3 cm. Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 USD. Lot sold: 6,048 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 of flattened oblong form set over a slightly splayed rectangular foot rising to a short waisted neck and garlic bulb-shaped mouth, the broad sides each with raised and stepped concentric ovals, the narrow sides plain, the surface with grey patina and malachite encrustation. Property from the Estate of John W. Wilkins. ... [Lire la suite]
14 juin 2021

A bronze copper-inlaid wine vessel, bianhu, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC)

Lot 3104.  A bronze copper-inlaid wine vessel, bianhu, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC); 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 250,000. Price Realised HKD 437,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, December 1998. Christie’s. Pavilion Online – Chinese Art, 27 May-11 June 2021
13 juin 2021

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, bianhu, Han Dynasty

Lot 467. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, bianhu, Han Dynasty; 31cm (12 1/4in) wide. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000. Sold for £ 7,012 (€ 8,181). © Bonhams Of flattened oval shape raised on a rectangular hollow base, the sides with grooved bands, and applied with a pair of taotie masks at the shoulders, each suspending loose rings, the domed cover incised with a double mask, the bronze with a mottled dark green patina. Note: See a related example illustrated by... [Lire la suite]

05 juillet 2020

A blue and white moonflask, bianhu, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850)

Lot 134. A blue and white moonflask, bianhu, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850). Hauteur: 23,5 cm. (9 ¼ in.). Estimate EUR 5,000 - EUR 8,000. Price realised EUR 6,875. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Chaque face est moulée en léger relief d'un panneau en forme de pêche orné de chauves-souris et de pêches sur leurs tiges feuillagées, en réserve sur fond de rinceaux de lotus. Le col et l'épaulement sont reliés par des anses coudées se terminant en... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A fine and magnificent peacock-feather-glazed moonflask, bianhu, Qianlong incised six-character sealmark and of the period

Lot 1305. A fine and magnificent peacock-feather-glazed moonflask, bianhu, Qianlong incised six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795); 10 1/2 in. (26.5 cm.) high. Estimate 8,000,000 - HKD 10,000,000. Price Realized HKD 19,720,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2006.  Well potted with a flattened ovoid body rising to a slender cylindrical neck set with a pair of ruyi-shaped loop handles, the upper and lower body with slightly raised bands, covered overall... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2020

A large grey-green jade archaistic vase, bianhu, Jiaqing inscribed fanggu six-character and of the period (1796-1820)

Lot 3620. A large grey-green jade archaistic vase, bianhu, Jiaqing inscribed fanggu six-character and of the period (1796-1820); 13 5/8in. (34.6cm.) high. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,000,000. Price Realized HKD 920,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.  Of flattened pear shape, well carved in low relief with taotie masks reserved on a leiwen band between borders of whorl motifs and cross-hatching, with a band of ruyi heads below and a band of pendent blades... [Lire la suite]
16 février 2020

A copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel and cover, bianhu, Warring States period (475-221 BC)

Lot 1257. A copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel and cover, bianhu, Warring States period (475-221 BC); 12¼ in. (31.1cm) high and wide. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 242,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. The flattened sides raised on a spreading rectangular pedestal foot and cast in relief with panels of tight abstract curl patterns arranged in five registers and bordered by bands of copper inlay, the narrow sides similarly decorated and applied with taotie mask... [Lire la suite]