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]

13 juin 2021

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

Lot 467. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, bianhu, Han Dynasty; 31cm (12 1/4in) wide. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000. Sold for £ 7,012 (€ 8,181). © Bonhams Of flattened oval shape raised on a rectangular hollow base, the sides with grooved bands, and applied with a pair of taotie masks at the shoulders, each suspending loose rings, the domed cover incised with a double mask, the bronze with a mottled dark green patina. Note: See a related example illustrated by... [Lire la suite]
12 juin 2021

A bronze 'TLV' mirror, Han dynasty & A lobed bronze mirror, Tang dynasty

Lot 462. Two bronze mirrors. Estimate £800 - £1,200. Sold for £ 2,167 (€ 2,528). © Bonhams Including a bronze 'TLV' mirror, Han dynasty, the raised central knob enclosed within a square of twelve raised bosses separated by characters representing the twelve branches below the TLV motifs, 14.1cm (5 1/2in) diam.; and a lobed bronze mirror, Tang dynasty, cast with a pair of phoenix and flowers, 16.5cm (6 1/2in) diam. Published, Illustrated and Exhibited: Roger Keverne Ltd., Summer Exhibition,... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2021

A pair of archaic bronze square vases and covers, fanghu, Han Dynasty

  Lot 457. A pair of archaic bronze square vases and covers, fanghu, Han Dynasty; 32cm (12 1/2in) high. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000. Sold for £ 12,750 (€ 14,875). © Bonhams Each with a faceted baluster body raised on a square flared foot, the sides plain, the shoulder with two relief-cast taotie mask handles suspending loose rings, the conical covers applied with stylised bird finials at the corners, the brown and milky-green patina with malachite encrustation. Note: See a related example... [Lire la suite]
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12 juin 2021

Two archaic bronze garlic-head vases, hu, Han Dynasty

Lot 455. Two archaic bronze garlic-head vases, hu, Han Dynasty; 30cm (11 1/2in) high. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000. Sold for £ 3,825 (€ 4,462). © Bonhams The larger with a compressed globular body encircled by a plain rib in relief, the tall tapering neck cast with a lobed 'garlic-bulb' mouth above a plain relief band, all on a spreading foot, with a dark brownish-green patina and areas of shallow encrustation, 34cm (13 1/2in) high; the smaller of similar shape but with the surface entirely plain, the surface... [Lire la suite]
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