14 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Gui), Late Shang dynasty

Lot 37. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Gui), Late Shang dynasty. Diameter 10 in., 25.5 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 supported on a tall splayed foot, the wide U-shaped body rising to an everted rim, the central body boldly cast with a wide band of studded bosses arranged in lozenge panels composed of elongated leiwen, surmounted by a narrow band of kuilong with bulging eyes against a leiwen ground, evenly divided by... [Lire la suite]

14 septembre 2021

An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun), Late Shang dynasty

Lot 36. An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun), Late Shang dynasty. Height 10 in., 25.5 cm. Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 robustly cast of cylindrical form, the waisted vessel with flared pedestal foot and wide trumpet mouth, punctuated by four evenly spaced prominent vertical flanges that extend past the rim, crisply cast in relief with a pair of large taotie masks and confronting birds around the slightly bulging... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual vessel (Pou), Late Shang dynasty

Lot 34. An archaic bronze ritual vessel (Pou), Late Shang dynasty. Diameter 13 in., 33.1 cm. Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the compressed globular form rising from a tall splayed foot to a short tapering neck surmounted by a wide flaring mouth, the central band crisply cast with three taotie patterns each centered by a narrow flange in low relief, below a band of confronting kuilong divided by three ram masks cast in relief, the... [Lire la suite]
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12 septembre 2021

An important inscribed archaic ritual archaic food vessel (Ding), Late Shang dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC

Lot 31. An important inscribed archaic ritual bronze food vessel (Ding), Late Shang dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC. Height 10¼ in., 26 cm. Estimate: 800,000 - 1,200,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the deep rounded body supported on three cylindrical legs, the lipped rim with two large upright loop handles, the body cast with three large taotie masks with bulging eyes intersected by vertical flanges, all against a fine leiwen ground, below a band of six serpents... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2021

An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang dynasty

Lot 28. An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang dynasty. Height 6¾ in., 17.1 cm. Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the slender elongated pear-shaped body supported on a tall spreading foot and rising to a flaring mouth, the body cast with two taotie masks in relief, all between double fillets encircling the neck and foot, the interior with an inscription Tianmin fu gui (Tianmin, father Gui), Japanese wood box. ... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2021

Chinese Bronze from the Junkunc Collection at Christie's New York, 23-24 september 2021

 Stephen Junkunc, III, circa 1930. Stephen Junkunc, III ranks amongst the most renowned collectors of Chinese ceramics and works of art, and is known for collecting a wide breadth of works of the highest standards of quality. At its height, his collection comprised over two-thousand examples of porcelain, jade, bronzes, Buddhist sculpture and paintings, and included two examples of the legendary Ru ware, of which only eighty-seven examples are known in the world. A superb Ru dish from... [Lire la suite]

07 septembre 2021

Important Archaic Bronzes from the MacLean Collection at Sotheby's New York, 21 September 2021

To compile a collection of Chinese archaic bronzes as comprehensive and varied as that of Barry MacLean is a remarkable feat. It is weapons and tools made of bronze that define the Bronze Age – as against the Stone or the Iron Age – but the repertoire of ancient China’s bronze casters was vast. To showcase their ingenuity and inventiveness is clearly what Barry MacLean had in mind, when he assembled this group. The classic ritual vessels and bells that were used in the ancestral ceremonies of the Shang (c.1600-1046 BC) and Zhou... [Lire la suite]
05 septembre 2021

A bronze ritual wine vessel, pou, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 704. A bronze ritual wine vessel, pou, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 13 in. (33 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. © Christie's 2021 The slightly compressed body is cast in shallow relief with a central band of taotie masks on a leiwen ground, centered by a low flange, below a narrow band of confronted kui dragons divided by three raised beast-head masks. The splayed foot has two pierced apertures above a band of addorsed birds and beast masks. ... [Lire la suite]
05 septembre 2021

A superb and important large jade tiger pendant, Late Shang dynasty, Anyang, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 703. A superb and important large jade tiger pendant, Late Shang dynasty, Anyang, 13th-11th century BC; 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm.) long (maximum, ear to tail), cloth box. Estimate USD 300,000 - USD 500,000. © Christie's 2021 The thick disc has a central aperture drilled from both sides, the inner walls with remains of pronounced cutting ridges. The stone is of dark mottled green color with some buff-colored alteration to both sides at one edThe flat, curved pendant is in the shape of a crouching tiger and... [Lire la suite]
23 août 2021

Shang Dynasty Ritual Bronzes at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 26 August 2021

Lot 1048. A pair of archaic bronze ritual wine vessels, Gu, Late Shang dynasty (581-907); h. 30.7cm. Estimate: 380,000 - 480,000 HKD. Unsold. (C) 2021 Sotheby's Provenance: Hartman Rare Art, New York, 2012. Lot 1056. An archaic bronze ritual water vessel, Yu, Late Shang dynasty (581-907); d. 26.2 cm, h. 18 cm. Estimate: 100,000 - 120,000 HKD. Unsold. (C) 2021 Sotheby's Provenance: Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, 2012. Lot 1058. A pair of... [Lire la suite]