17 septembre 2016

A rare gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin and a child, late Yuan-early Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century

Lot 1228. A rare gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin and a child, late Yuan-early Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century. Estimate: USD 80,000 ~ 120,000. Price Realised  USD 93,750. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The bodhisattva is shown seated in rajalilasana holding a pearl in the right hand and the left supporting a young boy seated on the left knee. A shawl is draped over the shoulders and a broad belt is tied with a bow around the top of the dhoti which is folded at the... [Lire la suite]

12 août 2016

A rare gilt-bronze 'mythical beast' weight, Western Han dynasty

Lot 15. A rare gilt-bronze 'mythical beast' weight, Western Han dynasty. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's the domed weight deftly cast in the round in the form of combating animals,  centered by a large predatory beast, possibly a tiger, attacking two bears, with its sharp fanged teeth sunk into the haunches of one and tramping the other under its left foreleg, with a wild boar in pursuit behind, the bodies twisted and entwined, morphing into a solid mass of bodies, the base ungilt,... [Lire la suite]
12 juillet 2016

A pair of gilt-bronze 'Dragon' bowls, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Lot 3214. A pair of gilt-bronze 'Dragon' bowls, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 HKD. Lot sold 860,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. of globular form, the deep rounded sides rising from a splayed foot to a raised rim, cast and gilt in high relief with two five-clawed dragons pacing above turbulent waves in reach of a 'flaming pearl', their scaly bodies writhing amidst stylized flames and clouds, a cragged cliff battered by the tempestuous sea on the reverse,... [Lire la suite]
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15 juin 2016

An embellished gilt-bronze ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 787. An embellished gilt-bronze ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 HKD. Lot sold 250,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the head with a variegated green jade plaque of five bats encircling wan and shou characters, the shaft cast with a peach branch, with the leaves highlighted with kingfisher feathers and the fruits inlaid with stones of various colours, such as red tourmaline, lapis lazuli and malachite; 39 cm, 15... [Lire la suite]
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]