22 avril 2016

A fine gilt-bronze vase in gu form, China, 17th century

Lot 20. A fine gilt-bronze vase in gu form, China, 17th century. Estimate 5 000/8 000 €. Photo Nagel meticulously cast around the cylindrical body and the splayed base with formalized taotie masks separated by vertical flanges, the tall trumpet neck with upright blade-shaped lappets containing a deconstructed taotie mask and cicada issuing from a band of kuilong, all reserved on a finely detailed diaper ground. H. 25,3 cm. Minor wear Modelled after archaic bronze ritual wine containers known as gu, the... [Lire la suite]
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26 mars 2016

A rare pale green jade and gilt-bronze ladle, Warring States Period-Han Dynasty

Lot 41, A rare pale green jade and gilt-bronze ladle, Warring States Period-Han Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 600,000 (€46,000 - 69,000). Photo: Bonhams. The peach-shaped jade cup incised on the exterior with a ground of interlinked scrolls, encased within the base of the gilt-bronze ladle formed by scrolls around a ring, the long and very slightly curved handle decorated on one side with a pair of raised straight ridges, terminating at the top end with a mythical beast mask. 20.4cm (8in) long Note: Jade... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2015

A pair of gilt-bronze hexagonal vases, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing period

A pair of gilt-bronze hexagonal vases, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing period. Est. HKD 500,000 — 700,000. Lot sold 975,000 HKD (125,804 USD). Photo: Sotheby's each of hexagonal section, cast with a baluster body surmounted by a tall trumpet neck and flared rim, the neck with a stylised shou character, the faceted sides of the lower body decorated with various leafy sprays, including pomegranate, lotus, lychee and peach, below a continuous scene of further floral blossoms and fourwan characters around... [Lire la suite]
04 novembre 2015

Chinese Metalwork at Asian Art in London 2015

Bronze mythical creature, bixie, China, Ming-Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Length: 19.5 cm. BEN JANSSENS ORIENTAL ART LTD, Dealer. Bronze mirror, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 25 – 220. Diameter: 5 3/4 inches, 14.6 cm. Thickness: 1/8 inch, 0.3 cm
. BEN JANSSENS ORIENTAL ART LTD, Dealer. CONTACT: Ben Janssens, Aziza Bhatia, Grace Tu. Phone +44 (0)20 7976 1888 - info@benjanssens.com - www.benjanssens.com A gilt-bronze octagonal cup with eight panels in relief and... [Lire la suite]
08 septembre 2015

A small gilt-bronze garment hook, Warring States to Han dynasty

A small gilt-bronze garment hook, Warring States to Han dynasty. Estimate US$ 4,000 - 6,000 (€3,600 - 5,400). Photo: Bonhams. Delicately cast as a swan-like mythical bird, the terminal formed from the bird's sinuous neck and long bill, the body with a projecting tail plume, incised to depict feathers and inset with semi-precious stone inlay, the reverse with a protruding circular button. 1 5/8in (4.2cm) long Provenance: Ariadne Galleries, New York, August 1999 Notes: Inlaid gilt bronze garment... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2015

An unusual gilt-bronze figure of Longnu, China, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

An unusual gilt-bronze figure of Longnu, China, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. elegantly cast with hands draped with a presentation cloth, wearing a short ruyi-decorated coat with tuff trimming at the sleeves, over a long robe with full sleeves and layered skirts trailing ribbons and streamers, the garments finely chased with floral, cloud and wave details, the face cast with crisp features beneath the hair, pulled back into ribbon-tied double... [Lire la suite]

23 mars 2015

A gilt-bronze circular plain mirror, China, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

A gilt-bronze circular plain mirror, China, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907). Estimate $4,000 - $6,000. Price Realized $22,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 The plain knob encircled by plain inner and outer fields separated by a wedge-shaped ridge, all within an inward-canted border; 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) diameter, box; 427 g Provenance: The Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth, New York, acquired in Hong Kong, 1988 Christie's. THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT HATFIELD ELLSWORTH PART IV - CHINESE WORKS OF ART:... [Lire la suite]
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23 février 2015

Freeman's March 14 Asian Arts Auction to offer important imperial works

A heavily cast gilt-bronze bell, bianzhong, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), estimate $100,000-150,000. Photo Freeman's. PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s Asian Arts March 14 auction will offer an array of important and historic imperial works of art spanning several centuries that promises to attract the interest of serious collectors. The 652 lot sale will commence at 10am on March 14 in Philadelphia before the start of New York Asia Week.  One of the highlights from the auction is lot 65, a heavily cast gilt-bronze... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2014

A gilt-bronze Avalokitesvara seated on a lotus base, Qing Dynasty, Shunzhi Period, dated in accordance with 1660

A gilt-bronze Avalokitesvara seated on a lotus base, Qing Dynasty, Shunzhi Period, dated in accordance with 1660. Photo Sotheby's. deftly cast and portrayed seated in vajraparyankasana, the serene face with a downcast gaze and a compassionate smile, flanked by long pendulous earlobes suspending elaborately decorated earrings, the hair neatly drawn up and crowned with a diadem securing a miniature effigy of Amitabha, covered by a cowl, with long tresses of knotted hair falling to the shoulders, wearing a shawl and dhoti... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2014

An extremely rare and important massive gilt-bronze figure of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Song Dynasty

An extremely rare and important massive gilt-bronze figure of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Song Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's. well-cast and portrayed seated in vajraparyankasana, the right hand lowered in varada mudra, while the left held in abhaya mudra, each hand marked with a half-shuttered eye, the serene face bearing a compassionate expression with eyes in a downward gaze, the forehead marked with a third eye, his slightly pursed lips framed by a scrolling mustache and beard, the hair neatly drawn up in an intricate... [Lire la suite]