03 octobre 2020

A bronze chariot fitting, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century B.C.

 Lot 883. A bronze chariot fitting, Mid-Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century B.C.; 4 ½ x 6 1/8 in. (11.4 x 15.7 cm.). Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 8,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. The hollow, rectangular fitting terminating in a bovine head, the bronze with greyish patina, softwood stand. Provenance: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired prior to 1958. Literature: The Arts Club of Chicago, Chinese Art from the Collection of James W. and... [Lire la suite]

18 mai 2020

Chinese Archaic Bronzes from the Franco Marinotti Collection at Bonhams, 14 May 2015

Coming from a small city in Italy, the extraordinary journey of Franco Marinotti (1891-1966) began in a textile company near Milan (the Filatura Cascami Seta) at the beginning of the 20th century, where he made his way up to the prominent position of managing the Warsaw and Moscow branches. This enriching experience and strong commercial relationships developed in Russia allowed him to launch his own company in 1921, the CICE - Compagnia Industriale Commercio Estero, and have continuous business... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2020

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2036. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price Realized USD 845,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The deep, rounded body is raised on three columnar supports cast with blades, and is cast around the sides with a band of blades centered by cicadas on a leiwen ground pendent from a band of pairs of dragons confronted on notched flanges... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2020

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, circa 1200-1100 BC

Lot 2015. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, circa 1200-1100 BC; 10 5/8 in. (27.3 cm.) wide with handles. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price Realized USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The bowl has an S-curved profile and is cast with a band of four pairs of dragons with linear details and a row of quills confronted on small animal masks cast in relief on two sides and on the horned animal heads that surmount the loop handles, which... [Lire la suite]
06 mars 2020

A large bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, jia, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 2069. A large bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, jia, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 450,000 - HKD 550,000. Price realised HKD 860,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010 The heavily cast body with three equal lobes rising from tall columnar legs and bordered with double bow-string bands to form a chevron pattern, with further double bow-string bands around the base of the trumpet neck interrupted by a bovine... [Lire la suite]
14 février 2020

A bronze ritual tripod steamer, xian, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1243. A bronze ritual tripod steamer, xian, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 65,000 - USD 75,000. Price realised USD 182,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The deep bowl cast in intaglio with a taotie band filled with black inlay below a pair of upright bail handles, each mask centered between the three bovine masks hollow-cast at the top of each leg, the bottom of the interior fitted with a hinged, reticulated triangular... [Lire la suite]

10 février 2020

A Rare Archaic Bronze Animal Handle, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty

Lot 3639. A Rare Archaic Bronze Animal Handle, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty; 20.5 cm., 8 1/8  in. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,240,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's. the fragment composed of a feline seated upright straddling a horned mythical beast with a wide open fanged mouth, devouring the head of a creature stuck in its mouth, the three-clawed paws of the victim grasping the neck of the beast, its lower body morphing into the head of an elephant, the tail of... [Lire la suite]
30 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (yan), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 160. An archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (yan), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 14 1/4 in., 36 cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Lot sold 34,375 USD. Photo Sotheby's comprising two sections, the upper of deep U-shape rising to a flared rim and encircled by a three pairs of taotie confronting on narrow flanges, the rim with two upright loop handles, the lower section with three legs of conjoined... [Lire la suite]
25 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 164. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 7 1/8 in.,18 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Lot sold 98,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's with flaring mouth and splayed foot cast around the sides in bold crisp relief with two horned taotie masks with bulging eyes on a leiwen ground bisected by narrow flanges between double bowstring bands, two characters inscribed on the base of the... [Lire la suite]
25 janvier 2020

A large archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 159. A large archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 13 3/4 in., 35 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 250,000 USD. Lot sold 434,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's supported on a high splayed foot, the body crisply cast with three taotie with raised eyes in a broad band each bisected by a narrow flange against a leiwen ground, the angled shoulder with a further narrower band interrupted by three bovine masks... [Lire la suite]