07 juin 2020

A selection of archaic bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection at Christie's New York, 15-16 March 2015

Leopold and Jane Swergold. Lot 3182. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC, the inscription later; 11 in. (28 cm.) across the handles. Estimate $60,000 - $80,000. Price realised $93,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015. The body is horizontally grooved below a band of dissolved dragons confronted on abstract taotie masks, which is repeated on the cover below a shallow groove encircling the circular, collared handle, which is... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2017

Bronze Bells, China, Early Eastern Zhou Dynasty, Spring & Autumn period, 770-476 BC

Bronze Bells, China, Early Eastern Zhou Dynasty, Spring & Autumn period, 770-476 BC. Height: 48-38 cm. Metallurgical Test report & X-ray, CIRAM. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. These ancient ritual bells, were mallet struck instruments, which were suspended downwards from a frame. The hanger is elaborately shaped in the form of two back to back mythical dragons. The body is decorated with three rows of high relief nodules, which probably had an acoustic function. Bronzes such as these... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2014

Chinese art through the eye of Sakamoto Goro: Sotheby's to offer a bronze owl

A Very rare and important bronze owl-headed ritual wine vessel (hu), Early Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 8th-7th century BC. Estimate: 4,000,000 – 6,000,000 US.. Photo: Sotheby's. NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s New York Asia Week series of auctions will be led by the prestigious single owner sale of A Very Rare And Important Bronze Owl-Headed Ritual Wine Vessel (Hu), from the collection of Sakamoto Goro on 18 March 2014. The piece dates from the Early Eastern Zhou Dynasty (c. 8/7th century BC) and is the only surviving owl bronze of this... [Lire la suite]