19 mars 2019

A very rare gilt-bronze scissors and tweezers set, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 137. A very rare gilt-bronze scissors and tweezers set, Tang dynasty (618-907). Length of scissors 5 1/2  in., 13.9 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot sold 68,750 USD. © Sotheby's. the scissors with the looped spring handle welded to flat pointed blades, each finely engraved to one side with a striding scaly dragon detailed with a long tail formed from stylized foliate scrolls, the other side with a pair of birds in flight among scrolling foliage, all reserved... [Lire la suite]

10 mars 2019

A rare engraved gilt-bronze stem cup, Late Tang dynasty (618-906)

Lot 133. A rare engraved gilt-bronze stem cup, Late Tang dynasty (618-906). Width 4 3/4  in., 12 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the cup of elliptical octafoil form, embossed on either side with semicircles and raised on a splayed quatrefoil base formed by four lotus petals with extravagantly everted edges forming the foot, the interior centered with a single lappet in relief and engraved with fish and mythical beasts amidst dense over lapping waves, with... [Lire la suite]
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10 mars 2019

A gilt-bronze figure of a seated bodhisattva, Sui-Tang dynasty (581-906)

Lot 129. A gilt-bronze figure of a seated bodhisattva, Sui-Tang dynasty (581-906). Height 6 in., 15 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deity seated with a single leg crossed over a pendent leg, one hand raised up, the other resting on the knee, the dhoti and shawl draped over the shoulder and falling in natural folds around the contours of the body, adorned with an elaborate necklace and jeweled earrings, the face bearing a contemplative expression, the... [Lire la suite]
10 mars 2019

A rare gilt-bronze figure of a lion, Tang dynasty (618-906)

Lot 119. A rare gilt-bronze figure of a lion, Tang dynasty  (618-906). Height 3 1/8  in., 8 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot Sold 68,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. stately modeled seated on its haunches, the powerful forelegs firmly planted, the head detailed with fierce protruding rounded eyes, thick brows, agape mouth revealing teeth and sharp fangs, and leaf-shaped ears swept to the back, long mane falling into luxurious spiraling curls, the long... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2019

A gilt-bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva, Sui-Tang dynasty (581-907)

Lot 129. A gilt-bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva, Sui-Tang dynasty (581-907). Height 6 in., 15 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deity seated with a single leg crossed over a pendent leg, one hand raised up, the other resting on the knee, the dhoti and shawl draped over the shoulder and falling in natural folds around the contours of the body, adorned with an elaborate necklace and jeweled earrings, the face bearing a contemplative expression, the round face framed by... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2019

An extremely rare gilt-bronze figure of a phoenix, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)

Lot 122. An extremely rare gilt-bronze figure of a phoenix, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). Length 5 1/4  in., 13.4 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot Sold 162,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. solidly cast, the mythical bird cast standing with its wings folded back against its body and its tail fanned out behind it in five broad plumes, the head held high and clasping a 'pearl' in its open beak, the face with bulging eyes beneath a crested crown, the sturdy legs terminating in large upturned talons,... [Lire la suite]

04 mars 2019

An exceptional gilt-bronze dragon, Six Dynasties (220-589)

Lot 116. An exceptional gilt-bronze dragon, Six Dynasties (220-589). Length 5 in., 12.7 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot Sold 375,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. superbly modeled, the striding dragon cast in suspended movement, its elongated sinewy body raised on four powerful limbs terminating in three-clawed paws, trailed by a long curling tail, the imperious head held high and proud atop a slender S-shaped neck, with a single horn above protruding... [Lire la suite]
26 février 2019

A rare gilt-bronze 'Avalokitesvara and qilin' group, Yuan-Early Ming Dynasty, 14th Century

Lot 740. A rare gilt-bronze 'Avalokitesvara and qilin' group, Yuan-Early Ming Dynasty, 14th Century; 13 1/4 in., 33.5 cm. Estimate 180,000 — 250,000 USD. Lot sold 180,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the bearded deity seated upon a horned qilin with legs crossed and hands in dhyanasana mudra, dressed in long robes with finely incised foliate scroll borders, the face with eyes half-closed in meditation below the simple diadem centered by a seated Buddha Amitabha, all atop the... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2019

A rare small gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Lot 392. A rare small gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 5½ in. (14 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price Realized: USD 74,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008. Finely cast and shown seated in dhyanasana atop a lotus raised on a waisted circular pedestal, with right hand raised in vitarka mudra and a scroll held in the left hand, wearing robes loosely draped around the naked torso, the face cast with delicate features and with an urna below... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A small gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 390. A small gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Tang dynasty (618-907); 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price Realized USD 7,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Seated in rajalilasana on an integral base covered with elegantly pleated and folded drapery, the figure clothed in a long, flowing scarf and elaborately jeweled necklace, with left hand resting on the knee and the right raised holding a flaming pearl, the face with pensive expression beneath the... [Lire la suite]