29 août 2019

An exceedingly rare gilt-bronze dragon head-form fitting, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 236. An exceedingly rare gilt-bronze dragon head-form fitting, Tang dynasty (618-907). Length 2 1/2  in., 6.3 cm. Estimate USD 80,000 — 120,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. superbly cast in a tapered rectangular form with a hollow interior, the striking mythical beast head powerfully rendered with a gently curled single horn above large rounded eyes and a long upturned pointed snout exposing its sharp fangs, the mane finely detailed with neatly incised lines. ... [Lire la suite]

29 août 2019

An exceptionally rare gilt-bronze dragon, Six Dynasties (221-559)

Lot 247. An exceptionally rare gilt-bronze dragon, Six Dynasties (221-559). Length 5 1/2  in., 13.9 cm. Estimate USD 100,000 — 150,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. well cast in a striding posture, its arched body raised on four powerful limbs terminating in three-clawed paws, trailed by a long curling tail, the ferocious head detailed with a single horn above protruding eyes and a long upturned snout exposing its sharp fangs. Provenance: Collection of... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

A rare gilt-bronze finial, Han - Six Dynasties

Lot 213. A rare gilt-bronze finial, Han - Six Dynasties. Length 2 1/4  in., 5.7 cm. Estimate USD 6,000 — 8,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. cast in the form of a phoenix head, detailed with hooked beak forming a small loop, large protruding eyes and small ears pinned back, all surmounted by a large crest, the hollow cylindrical socket slightly tapered with a lipped rim, wood stand (2). Provenance: Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978). Note: Compare a related gilt-bronze... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2019

A gilt-bronze 'mythical beast' weight, Han - Six Dynasties

Lot 808. A gilt-bronze 'mythical beast' weight, Han-Six Dynasties. Length 2 1/4  in., 5.7 cm. Estimate USD 30,000 — 50,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. crouching with the muscular body twisting sharply and the head turned to one side, the face with a menacing expression with the mouth open, the lips curling back in a snarl, and the eyes wide, a pair of ridged horns pressing against the neck, tufts of fur covering the body and sweeping outward from the elbows, a pair of feathered wings... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2019

A small gilt-bronze tiger mask-form fitting, Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 8)

Lot 860. A small gilt-bronze tiger mask-form fitting, Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 8); 2¾ in. (7 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 2,500 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 6,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010. Cast in high relief with ridged cheeks below prominent eyes and furrowed brows, with vertical stripes between the ears, the reverse hollow, box. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1991. Exhibited: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2002-2006.  ... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2019

A gilt-bronze tiger-form weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 240. A gilt-bronze tiger-form weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Diameter 2 3/8  in., 6 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the feline cast in a tightly coiled pose with its head supported on its paw resting on its rump, its neck adorned with a collar, its face detailed with a broad snout below oval-shaped protruding eyes and large pointed ears, the details finely incised, all supported on a circular disc... [Lire la suite]

26 août 2019

A gilt-bronze lion-form weight, Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 8)

Lot 905. A gilt-bronze lion-form weight, Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 8); 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm.) long. Estimate 80,000 - USD 120,000 USD. Price realised 92,500 USD. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. Well cast as a crouching lioness with coiled powerful body and a collar around the neck, box. Exhibited: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2002-2006.   Note: A bronze tiger shown in a similar stance, with head turned to the side in a menacing manner, in the... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2019

A very rare gilt-bronze 'Mythical beast' weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 204. A very rare gilt-bronze 'Mythical beast' weight, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Diameter 2 1/4  in., 5.8 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely cast in the form of a coiled feline creature grasping a lingzhi sprig in its mouth, its head detailed with a pointed beard, a broad snout, almond-shaped eyes and bushy brows below long finely incised mane swept against its back. Provenance: Collection of Stephen... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2019

A gilt-bronze tripod vessel (hu) and cover with a basin, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 124. A gilt-bronze tripod vessel (hu) and cover with a basin, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Height 5 5/8  in., 14.2 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the hu with a globular body supported on three short legs and rising to a tall sloping neck, the arched handle terminating in a dragon head at each end and attached by an openwork chain to the pair of loops at the shoulder of the vessel, the bell-shaped cover covering the neck of the vase and aligning flush... [Lire la suite]
22 août 2019

A small gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, Yuan-Early Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century

Lot 398. A small gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, Yuan-Early Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century; 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 29,800. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008. The bodhisattva shown seated in a variation of rajalilasana, with right arm resting atop the bent right knee and a pearl held in the right hand while a vase is held in the left, wearing a beaded necklace and bracelets, a shawl that is draped over the shoulders and looped around the arms and... [Lire la suite]