09 novembre 2017

A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Shakyamuni Buddha, Ming Dynasty, Early 15th Century

Lot 67. A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Shakyamuni Buddha, Ming Dynasty, Early 15th Century. Estimate £60,000–80,000. Lot sold £187,500 . Photo Sotheby's. well-cast and depicted seated in vajraparyankasana on a double-lotus base, with hands held in dhyanamudra, wearing a pleated robe draped over the left shoulder and falling in loose folds over his legs, with the undergarment gathered at the chest, the serene face with downcast eyes and a meditative expression flanked by long pendulous ears,... [Lire la suite]

08 novembre 2017

A finely cast gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 18. A finely cast gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Estimate GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000. Price realised GBP 87,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Guanyin is cast seated in padmasana, and holds a willow stem in the raised right hand and a cup in the left hand. Thebodhisattva is decorated with ornate jewellery and wears layered robes with crisply chased floral borders on a stamped ground. The crown has five openwork points and is centred by a seated figure of... [Lire la suite]
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30 octobre 2017

A rare and large pair of gilt-bronze ring handles, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty

Lot 44. A rare and large pair of gilt-bronze ring handles, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty. 7 1/4in (18.4cm) high, each. Estimate US$ 10,000 - 15,000 (€8,600 - 13,000). Sold for US$ 10,000 (€8,592). Photo: Bonhams. Each handle well-cast in the form of a taotie mask with rounded eyes, surmounted by a smiling humanoid figure with muscular arms and chest, the mask's elongated nostrils curled at the end forming a hollow ring, suspending a thick circular ring handle, stands. ... [Lire la suite]
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. 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

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]