01 mars 2017

A glass-inlaid gold and silver decorated-bronze belt hook, Warring States-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8)

Lot 870. A glass-inlaid gold and silver decorated-bronze belt hook, Warring States-Western Han dynasty (475 BC-AD 8). Estimate: USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The pierced, hollow broad end is cast as an animal head with ribbed horns that curve backwards to surround a circular glass inlay above back-swept, silvered scrolls on the ribbed sides. A silver ribbed band is at the base of the neck of the dragon-head hook which has inlaid glass eyes. 3 in. (7.6 cm.) long ... [Lire la suite]

01 mars 2017

A gilt-bronze taotie mask fitting with loose ring handle, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 861. A gilt-bronze taotie mask fitting with loose ring handle, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Estimate: USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 23,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The well-cast mask is finely detailed with striated hair markings and a ring-punched ground and suspends a loose ring from the down-turned nose which continues into a rectangular tab on the back below another tab pierced for attachment. 6 in. (15.2 cm.) high overall, stand Provenance: Christie’s New... [Lire la suite]
01 mars 2017

A pair of gilt-bronze rectangular belt plaques, North China, 3rd-2nd century AD

Lot 860. A pair of gilt-bronze rectangular belt plaques, North China, 3rd-2nd century AD. Estimate: USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each plaque is cast with two addorsed ungulates shown in a recumbent position facing the outer edge and with their back legs rotated up over their backs where they flank their tails which terminate in confronted roe heads, all within a double rope border. Each has two attachment loops on the reverse which bears a woven pattern indicating that the plaque was... [Lire la suite]
01 mars 2017

A very rare gilt-bronze feline-form ornament, North China, 1st-2nd century AD

Lot 847. A very rare gilt-bronze feline-form ornament, North China, 1st-2nd century AD. Estimate: USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The finely cast feline is shown gracefully prowling with head turned to the side and right fore-paw raised, the end of the tail hidden behind the right rear paw. Two pins project from the almost flat reverse. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) long, box Provenance: Private collection, France, before 1945.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, before... [Lire la suite]
20 février 2017

Two bronze 'Doe' yoke ornaments, circa 5th-4th century BC

Lot 822. Two bronze 'Doe' yoke ornaments, circa 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 Each is hollow cast, the larger standing figure has upright ears and small holes that pierce the legs. The other is shown recumbent with legs tucked under the body, the ears upright, the tail flicked and the mouth formed by a tubular aperture. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high, 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm.) long, boxes Provenance: Standing deer: J. J. Klejman, New York, 23 February 1972.Recumbent... [Lire la suite]
20 février 2017

An unusual bronze harness fitting with jingle, Northwest China, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 821. An unusual bronze harness fitting with jingle, Northwest China, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The upper section of the flat-backed fitting is a rounded openwork jingle enclosing a loose ball that is formed by five rams, their muzzles joined at the center, on the reverse are four attachment loops, the lower section is a trefoil flange pierced with scrolls. The front of the ornament is tinned. 3 ¼ in. (8.2 cm.) long Provenance: Sotheby’s... [Lire la suite]

20 février 2017

A bronze ram-form yoke ornament, circa 5th-4th century BC

Lot 820. A bronze ram-form yoke ornament, circa 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The fitting is hollow cast either as a ram or an ibex shown standing atop two pierced flanges. 2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm.) high Provenance: Sotheby’s New York, 29 November 1989, lot 280.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida. Note: A similar ornament is illustrated by E.C. Bunker et al., Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M.... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A bronze ibex ornament, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 819. A bronze ibex ornament, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 1,500 - USD 2,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The ornament is heavily cast as a recumbent ibex with backward-turned head, and a horizontal attachment loop is on the reverse. There is extensive malachite encrustation. 2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) high Provenance: Sotheby's London, 10-11 December 1992, lot 318.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida. Literature: E. C. Bunker, et al., "Animal Style" Art from East to West,... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A very rare and important bronze horse harness frontlet, Northwest China, 6th century BC

Lot 818. A very rare and important bronze horse harness frontlet, Northwest China, 6th century BC. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The harness fitting is well cast in relief as a stylized bovine head with a broad nose below deep, curved grooves that frame the almond-shaped eyes and lead to the small heart-shaped ears below the upswept horns that curve outward at the tips. Two horizontal attachment loops are next to each other in the center of the plain reverse. The front has... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A pair of bronze tiger-shaped ornaments, circa 5th-3rd century BC

Lot 817. A pair of bronze tiger-shaped ornaments, circa 5th-3rd century BC. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each is cast as a tiger with a partially devoured rabbit dangling from its jaws, and a rabbit head forms the tip of the tail. The eye, ear, fanged jaws and paws are delineated by openings and D-shaped openings in the body refer to the stripes of the hide. Each has two slender vertical straps for attachment on the reverse. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) wide Provenance: J. J. Lally... [Lire la suite]