08 juillet 2022

A small parcel-gilt bronze tripod ritual vessel and cover, ding, Han Dynasty (246 B.C.-220)

Lot 3166. A small parcel-gilt bronze tripod ritual vessel and cover, ding, Han Dynasty (246 B.C.-220). H 5.5cm 180g. Estimate HKD 50,000 - 80,000. Sold for 180,000 HKD. © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022. Provenance: An American private collection. Literature: Michael C. Teller IV, Chinese Antiques: Bronze Gold Silver Earthenware Ceramic, New York, 1980, p.48. Poly Auction. Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 14 Jul 2022

08 juillet 2022

An ancient bronze wine cup with flat handles, Han Dynasty (246 B.C.-220)

Lot 3136. An ancient bronze wine cup with flat handles, Han Dynasty (246 B.C.-220). L 8.9cm 74g. Estimate HKD 50,000 - 80,000. © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022. Provenance: 1. Purchased from Ben Janssens Oriental Art.2. The Ten-views Lingbi Rock Retreat Collection. Poly Auction. Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 14 Jul 2022
08 juillet 2022

A silver bird finial, Han Dynasty (246 B.C.-220)

Lot 3133. A silver bird finial, Han Dynasty (246 B.C.-220). H 5.1cm. Estimate HKD 220,000 - 320,000. © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022. Provenance: 1. Christie's London, 8 June 1992, lot 141.2. The Ten-views Lingbi Rock Retreat Collection. Poly Auction. Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 14 Jul 2022
07 juillet 2022

A crystal wine vessel with flat handles, Han dynasty (246 B.C.-220)

Lot 3343. A crystal wine vessel with flat handles, Han dynasty (246 B.C.-220). L 8.6cm. Estimate HKD 350,000 - 450,000. © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited 2022. Provenance: 1. Ben Janssens Oriental Art2. The Ten-views Lingbi Rock Retreat Collection, no. BE16. Literature: Oriental Art, Ben Janssens, TEFAF, Amsterdam, March 2009, p. 39. Poly Auction. Colours Beyond Landscapes: Important Chinese Art including European and American Collections, Hong Kong, 14 Jul 2022
07 mars 2022

A rare inscribed gray pottery ink stone, Han dynasty, dated Jianchu 5th year, corresponding to 80 AD

Lot 48. A rare inscribed gray pottery ink stone, Han dynasty, dated Jianchu 5th year, corresponding to 80 AD. Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD. Lot sold: 47,880 USD. © Sothebys. inscribed to the interior sides with Jianchu wunian (5th year of the Jianchu regin) and shizhi wenzi (the creation of characters).   Provenance: Collection of Sir Percival (1892-1964) and Lady David (1914-1995). Sotheby's London, 5th December 1961, lot 140. Collection of... [Lire la suite]
15 février 2022

'Art and Industry: China’s Ancient Houma Foundry' at the National Museum of Asian Art

© 2022 Smithsonian Institution The largest bronze foundry complex from antiquity was excavated at Houma in northern China in the mid-twentieth century. At the two-acre site, archaeologists discovered evidence of extremely sophisticated manufacturing techniques. Fragments of reused clay models, master pattern blocks, and decorated clay molds indicate the adoption of ceramic pattern transfers to cast ornamented bronze objects. Using pattern blocks to increase the speed and volume of production without sacrificing quality was an... [Lire la suite]

05 juillet 2021

An archaic bronze mirror, Han dynasty, and a bronze 'buffalo' stand, Yuan - Ming dynasty

  Lot 5003. An archaic bronze mirror, Han dynasty, and a bronze 'buffalo' stand, Yuan - Ming dynasty (1279-1644); mirror 15.5 cm; stand 23 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 HKD. Lot sold: 94,500 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: A Floridian collection.Sotheby's New York, 11th September 2012, lot 186 (USD 5,938). Bonhams. Chinese Art Online, including a Private Hong Kong Collection, Hong Kong, 2 July 2021  
13 juin 2021

A rare large archaic bronze tripod basin, Han Dynasty

Lot 471. A rare large archaic bronze tripod basin, Han Dynasty; 28cm (11in) diam. Estimate £1,200 - £1,500. Sold for £ 2,167 (€ 2,528). © Bonhams The large basin rising to an everted rim, standing on three standing human supports, a raised band around the vessel cast with a pair of taotie mask handles suspending loose rings. Note: See a related example illustrated by R-Y.Lefebvre d'Argencé, Bronze Vessels of Ancient China in The Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1977,... [Lire la suite]
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13 juin 2021

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, hu, Han Dynasty

Lot 470. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, hu, Han Dynasty; 37cm (14 1/2in) high. Estimate £1,000 - £1,500. Sold for £ 2,550 (€ 2,975). © Bonhams The pear-shaped vessel rising from a flaring foot to a waisted neck and flaring mouth, the body encircled by three bands cast in relief, a smiliar band encircling the mouth, the shoulder flanked by a pair of taotie masks suspending loose rings, the round cover with three 'S'-shaped finials, the patina of mottled grey colour with green... [Lire la suite]
13 juin 2021

An archaic bronze incense burner and cover and a bronze 'ear' cup, Han Dynasty

Lot 469. An archaic bronze incense burner and cover and a bronze 'ear' cup, Han Dynasty. Estimate £6,000 - £8,000. Sold for £ 1,912 (€ 2,231). © Bonhams The incense burner raised on three curling legs terminating in hoof feet, the hemispherical lower body fitted with a curved handle, the hinged openwork domed cover pierced with meandering foliage, 14.7cm (5 3/4in) long; the ear cup, of oval form with deep rounded and slightly flaring sides flanked by two crescent-shaped handles raised on a... [Lire la suite]