15 septembre 2017

A rare pair of gilt-bronze rectangular belt plaques, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8)

Lot 913. A rare pair of gilt-bronze rectangular belt plaques, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8). Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 9,375. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017. Each plaque is cast in openwork with two tortoises encircled by the twisted body of a dragon with an open mouth, and each has two vertical attachment loops on the reverse. 3 3/8 in. (8.7 cm.) long.  Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong prior to 1989. Note: A similar gilt-bronze 'tortoises and dragon'... [Lire la suite]

10 mai 2017

A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Longqing period, dated by inscription to 1571

Lot 19. A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Longqing period, dated by inscription to 1571, 14 7/8 in. (38 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,425 - USD 25,900). Price realised GBP 18,750 (USD 24,262). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The figure is cast with a serene face and pendulous earlobes below blue painted hair cast in tight curls. His right hand is raised in vitarkamudraand his left hand is held in his lap. He is seated in dhyanasana upon a lotus base. The reverse of the base is... [Lire la suite]
10 mai 2017

A gilt-bronze shallow bowl, Tianqi period (1621-1627)

Lot 17. A gilt-bronze shallow bowl, Tianqi period (1621-1627), 6 in. (15.3 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000 (USD 6,475 - USD 10,360). Price realised GBP 5,000 (USD 6,470). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The bowl is finely incised to the interior with a scene of a scholar playing the guqin beneath pine and bamboo next to lingzhi and peonies, and the rim is bordered by a floral band. The exterior is decorated with a wide band enclosing the flowers of the four seasons: peony, lotus,... [Lire la suite]
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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. © 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 York, 1 December 1988, lot 150.The... [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

Two gilt-bronze rectangular belt plaques, North China, 3rd-2nd century AD

Lot 857. Two gilt-bronze rectangular belt plaques, North China, 3rd-2nd century AD. Estimate: USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each plaque is cast in relief with an ungulate being attacked by a bear and a wolf, the design incorporating raptor heads along the lower, upper and inner edges. Each has two vertical attachment loops on the reverse, and one is pierced with a single hole. 4 ¾ and 4 5/8 in. (12 and 11.8 cm.) long, box Provenance: Pierced plaque: acquired in Hong Kong,... [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]
08 janvier 2017

A finely cast gilt-bronze 'chimera' incense burner and cover, mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435)

Lot 3759. A finely cast gilt-bronze 'chimera' incense burner and cover, mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435). Estimate 700,000 — 900,000 HKD. Lot sold 875,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. boldly cast as an incense burner in the form of a luduan depicted standing on a snake-like mythical creature, gripping it with its four claws, the serpentine figure coiled around forming the base of the vessel, the beast’s head flaring nostrils and bushy eyebrows, the hollow body cast with... [Lire la suite]
07 novembre 2016

A gilt-bronze circular box and cover, Qianlong four-character mark and possibly of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 138. A gilt-bronze circular box and cover, Qianlong four-character mark and possibly of the period (1736-1795). Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 12,460 - USD 18,690). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016.  The cover is moulded with three pomegranates and blossoming branches. The sides of the box are decorated with further flowers. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) diam.  Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8 November 2016, London, King Street
04 novembre 2016

A rare and finely cast gilt-bronze figure of Sakyamuni, Sui dynasty (581-618)

Lot 194. A rare and finely cast gilt-bronze figure of Sakyamuni, Sui dynasty (581-618). Estimate GBP 100,000 - GBP 150,000 (USD 123,300 - USD 184,950). Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. The figure is modelled wearing flowing robes, with the right hand raised in abhayamudra and the left hand resting on the lap. The face displays a serene expression, with pendulous earlobes and the hair is tied into a top knot. The figure is supported on a later lacquered wood double-lotus base. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) high... [Lire la suite]