12 juillet 2020

A white jade and gilt-bronze ladle, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 2846. A white jade and gilt-bronze ladle, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 9 in. (22.8 cm.) long. Estimate HKD 80,000 - HKD 150,000. Price realised HKD 150,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.  The ladle is carved at one end with a shallow oblong bowl, mounted with a gently tapering gilt-bronze handle cast with stylised ruyi to both ends. Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 9 July 2020
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02 juillet 2020

A gilt-bronze votive figure of Avalokiteshvara, Northern Qi dynasty, Wuping, dated 576

  Lot 6033. A gilt-bronze votive figure of Avalokiteshvara, Northern Qi dynasty, Wuping, dated 576; 14.2 cm, 5½ in. Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 275,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: Susan Chen, Hong Kong. Note: The inscription on this rare finely cast votive figure can be paraphrased to indicate that on the eighth day of the fourth month of the seventh year of Wuping, a figure of Avalokiteshvara was commissioned to commemorate the death of... [Lire la suite]
28 mai 2020

A gilt-bronze fragmentary arm of Vajradhara, Ming dynasty

Lot 5036. A gilt-bronze fragmentary arm of Vajradhara, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 31.5 cm, 12 3/8  in. Estimate 30,000 - 50,000 HKD. Sold for 200,000 HKD (23,664 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. cast as a hollow bent right forearm and hand, the middle and ring fingers depicted gently bent inwards as though holding a vajra, the wrist rendered adorned with beaded jewellery, the gilt-bronze surface with extensive malachite encrustation concentrating around the hand, stand. Note:Compare a... [Lire la suite]
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27 mai 2020

A life-size fragmentary gilt-bronze arm of Buddha, Ming dynasty

Lot 5001. A life-size fragmentary gilt-bronze arm of Buddha, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 56.5 by 52.5 cm, 22 1/4  by 21 in. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 HKD. Sold for 275,000 HKD (32,538 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. cast as a complete section for the assembly of a massive gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, the shoulder slightly crushed due to deconsecration or anti-Buddhist desecration but the remainder of the slender and slightly elongated arm left intact and clad in a slightly flaring... [Lire la suite]
04 mai 2020

A very rare imperial gilt-bronze hat stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 210. A very rare imperial gilt-bronze hat stand, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 49cm high. Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 800,000. Sold for HK$ 625,000 (€ 74,139). Photo: Bonhams. Impressively formed as a gilt-bronze elephant with a harness embellished with coloured glass beads and flowers and suspending seed pearl tassels, the ornate floral repoussé saddle with a kneeling figure of a European on top, wearing a frock coat with arms raised to hold a flat octagonal tray upon his head, the tray bearing a... [Lire la suite]
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23 avril 2020

A gilt-bronze 'tianlu' paper weight, Late Ming dynasty

Lot 535. A gilt-bronze 'tianlu' paper weight, Late Ming dynasty; 6.7cm high. Sold for HK$ 162,500 (€ 19,294). © Bonhams. Cast in the form of a coiled mythical beast poised in recumbent position, the creature with the head of a dragon and body of a deer, its outstretched neck turned right and looking upwards, revealing ferocious expression and sharp teeth framed by a pair of ears and horns, the back of the head with silky mane running down its spine ending in a furry tail, the body flanked by hoofed feet and... [Lire la suite]
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23 avril 2020

A gilt-bronze 'deer' paperweight, Ming dynasty

Lot 47. A gilt-bronze 'deer' paperweight, Ming dynasty; 5.5cm., 2 1/8 in. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 17,500 GBP (24,393 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.  cast recumbent with legs tucked underneath the body and tail curled alongside its rear haunches, the horned head lifted above its front hooves, grasping a spray of lingzhi in its mouth, Japanese wood box. Note: odelled with gentle features and full rounded body, this figure is a rare example of bronze... [Lire la suite]
21 avril 2020

A rare imperial champlevé and cloisonné enamel gilt-bronze archaistic three-piece altar set, Qianlong period

Lot 53. A rare imperial champlevé and cloisonné enamel gilt-bronze archaistic three-piece altar set, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Ding with cover: 27cm (10 5/8in) high; each gu: 25.7cm (10 1/8in) high. Estimate: 240,000 - 300,000 HKD. Sold for HK$ 312,500 (€ 37,208). Photo Bonhams. The tripod incense burner, ding, raised on three bulbous feet, each issuing from the jaw of a qilin, elaborately decorated in champlevé around the globular body, with bands of archaistic scrolls above a band of pendent... [Lire la suite]
20 avril 2020

A rare gilt-bronze 'toad' weight, Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)

Lot 35. A rare gilt-bronze 'toad' weight, Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD); 6.6cm long x 6cm wide (2 5/8in long x 2 3/8in wide). Estimate HK$ 400,000-600,000. Sold for HK$ 500,000 (€ 59,402). Courtesy Bonhams. Heavily cast poised on all fours in leaping stance with head held high, above a square platform engraved with scrolling patterns on all sides. Note: The depiction of toads dating to the Han dynasty are rare. See, however, a related bronze toad-shaped weight, Han dynasty, from the British Museum,... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2020

An unusual gilt-bronze gourd-form vessel, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 24)

Lot 2029. An unusual gilt-bronze gourd-form vessel, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 24); 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price Realized USD 12,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The pouring vessel is cast in the form of a gourd with bulbous body and curved neck encircled by a raised band that has a collared aperture on top and terminates in a lobed end decorated with silver-colored triangles. A small loop in the center of the base is encircled by the... [Lire la suite]