13 novembre 2022

Bronze divine beast, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Bronze divine beast, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC). Height 48 cm, length 47 cm, width 27 cm. Excavated from the Xujialing Chu tomb, Xichuan, Henan, 1990. Collection of the Henan Museum. The entire vessel is composed of three similarly depicted divine beasts. The larger one has a dragon's head with six serpentine dragons as horns, a tiger's body, and a tortoise's foot, with its mouth open and its teeth sharpened. On the spine is a foot-deformed divine beast, also with a dragon's head and a... [Lire la suite]

13 novembre 2022

Bronze tripod of "Wang Ziwu" with dagger, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Bronze tripod of "Wang Ziwu" with dagger, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC), 67cm high, 66cm diameter. Excavated in 1978 from Tomb No. 2, Xiasi, Xichuan, Henan. Collection of the Henan Museum. The tripod has flared, curved, standing ears and a flat base with a hoof-shaped foot. The outside of the abdomen is decorated with six three-dimensional monsters, and the mouth rim to the abdomen is decorated with coiled chi dragons and pendant scales. The upper part of the foot is decorated with... [Lire la suite]
13 novembre 2022

Dragon openwork bronze altar, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Dragon openwork bronze altar, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC), 21.9 cm high, 35.5 cm long, 21 cm wide. Excavated from Tomb No. 2, Xiasi, Xichuan, Henan, 1978. Collection of the Henan Museum The surface is nearly rectangular and curved, with the ends slightly upward and the long sides slightly curved inward. The surface and feet are decorated with an openwork abstract dragon design. The chopsticks were used as a table for cutting meat. In the Dialects, "chopsticks" are also... [Lire la suite]
06 novembre 2022

An archaic bronze incised-decorated cylindrical box and cover, Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-221 BC)

 Lot 120. An archaic bronze incised-decorated cylindrical box and cover, Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-221 BC); 8.5cm (3 1/8in) high. (2). Sold for 7,650 € (Estimate 800-1  200 €). Photo Fabrice Gousset. The unusual box decorated with incised designs of mythical birds and other creatures with two circular hoops for attachment. Provenance: Robert Rousset, Paris (1901-1981), acquired prior to 1935.Jean-Pierre Rousset, Paris (1936-2021). Note: The present box may have been used to store... [Lire la suite]
04 novembre 2022

A rare archaic bronze 'gourd' vase and cover, hu. Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Lot 101. A rare archaic bronze 'gourd' vase and cover, hu, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC); 33cm (13in) high. (2). Sold for £101,100 (Estimate  £40,000-60,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022 The bulbous flask-shaped body supported on a simulated rope-twist foot, rising to a straight neck slightly curved on one side, intricately cast with two registers around the body and another below the mouth rim decorated with the 'coiling snake' panhui motifs, set on one side with a bar handle in... [Lire la suite]
03 novembre 2022

Two archaic bronze 'dragon' finials, Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-221 BC)

Lot 11. Two archaic bronze 'dragon' finials, Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-221 BC); 18.5cm (7 1/2in) and 10cm (4in) long. (2). Sold for 2,040 €. Photo Fabrice Gousset. Each finely cast in the zoomorphic form of a sinuous dragon issuing from a tapering conical shaft, with typical Verdigris and encrustations. Provenance: Robert Rousset, Paris (1901-1981), acquired prior to 1935.Jean-Pierre Rousset, Paris (1936-2021). Note: Compare with a closely related pair of bronze 'dragon' finials, Eastern Zhou dynasty, in... [Lire la suite]

13 janvier 2022

A rare archaic bronze bird-headed ritual wine vessel, hu, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Lot 836. A rare archaic bronze bird-headed ritual wine vessel, hu, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC); h. 34.5 cm. Lot sold: 302,400 HKD (Estimate: 200,000-300,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1990s. Note: The current wine vessel closely relates to another Warring States period bird-headed ritual wine vessel from the collections of Baron Paul Hatvany and the British Rail Pension Fund, sold in our London rooms, 12th December 1989, lot 19. Sotheby's. Chinese... [Lire la suite]
13 janvier 2022

A large archaic bronze ritual food vessel, yan, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Lot 832. A large archaic bronze ritual food vessel, yan, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC); h. 41.8 cm. Lot sold: 201,600 HKD (Estimate: 150,000-200,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong in the 1990s. Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online: A Private Asian Collection, Hong Kong, 3 December 2021
13 janvier 2022

An archaic bronze 'mythical beast' stand, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Lot 827. An archaic bronze 'mythical beast' stand, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC); l. 25.2 cm; w. 22 cm. Lot sold: 81,900 HKD (Estimate: 50,000-70,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online: A Private Asian Collection, Hong Kong, 3 December 2021
10 décembre 2021

A large archaic bronze bell, yong zhong, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Lot 810. A large archaic bronze bell, yong zhong, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC); h. 53.5 cm. Lot sold: 945,000 HKD (Estimate: 300,000-500,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. The dating of the pair of 'owl' jars is consistent with the result of a thermoluminescence test, Oxford Authentication Ltd, sample no. C103a87. Provenance: Chang Wei-Hwa, Taipei, 2012. Note: A smaller Eastern Zhou dynasty bell (yong zhong) from the collection of J. T. Tai was sold in our New York rooms, 22nd... [Lire la suite]