17 octobre 2020

A finely cast bronze bell, bo, Late Spring and Autumn period, 6th–5th century BC

Lot 1513. A finely cast bronze bell, bo, Late Spring and  Autumn period, 6th–5th century BC; 8 7/8 in. (22 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 56,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The bo is cast on each side with alternating bands of bosses formed by coiled serpents and bands of dense scrolls on either side of a field of smilar scrolls, all above a section of stylized dragon scroll. The top is surmounted by an inverted U-shaped handle supported on a pair of... [Lire la suite]

17 octobre 2020

Three bronze bells, zhong, Late Spring and  Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 1511. Three bronze bells, zhong, Late Spring and  Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC; 9 ¼ in. (23.5 cm.), 7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.), 7 1/8 (18 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 137,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. Each is finely cast with bands of bosses formed by coiled serpents above a broad taotie band and surmounted by an inverted U-shaped handle cast with cowrie shells emerging from the mouths of recumbent mythical beasts, stand. Provenance: Acquired in Hong... [Lire la suite]
29 mars 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, hu, Late Spring and Autumn period, late 6th-5th century BC

Lot 2023. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, hu, Late Spring and Autumn period, late 6th-5th century BC; 16½ in. (41.9 cm.) high with handle. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price Realized USD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The slender pear-shaped body is raised on a spreading pedestal foot and crisply cast in relief with five bands of S-shaped scrolls with curled tips set between plain borders. A band of upright blades is flat-cast on the tall, slightly waisted neck... [Lire la suite]
29 mars 2020

An unusual bronze ritual wine jar, fou, Late Spring and Autumn period, 6th century BC

Lot 2114. An unusual bronze ritual wine jar, fou, Late Spring and Autumn period, 6th century BC; 11 3/8 in. (29 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price Realized USD 47,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The broad, tapering body is raised on a rounded foot cast with a rope-twist-like band of diagonal segments of leiwen, and the lower body is flat cast with a band of angular interlaced scroll incorporating bands of leiwen above a... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A rare large bronze bell, bo zhong, late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 1244. A rare large bronze bell, bo zhong, late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC; 24¼ in. (61.6 cm.) high. Estimate 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 81,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Of lenticular section, the bell is unusually cast in thread relief with with rows of interlaced, angular serpent scroll alternating with rows of raised bosses cast with whorl motifs flanking a plain panel on both sides. The dragon scroll is repeated in the gu panel below, on the flat top,... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, late Spring and Autumn period, 5th century BC

Lot 1237. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, late Spring and Autumn period, 5th century BC; 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm.) across handles. Estimate 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 56,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vessel is raised on three cabriole supports and is flat-cast on the sides with two bands of different width of a repeated interlocking scroll pattern filled with leiwen, and separated by a rope-twist band. There are three rings on the cover, which is decorated with two... [Lire la suite]
20 septembre 2019

A rare beigeish-yellow jade pendant, Late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 829. A rare beigeish-yellow jade pendant, Late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC; 1 7/8 in. (5 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 62,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The slightly curved pendant of rectangular shape is carved on top with small dragons reserved on an incised line ground, and is pierced at each end. The semi-translucent jade is of yellowish-beige color.  Provenance: A. W. Bahr and E. H. Bahr Collection, 1963.Arthur... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2019

A bronze ritual wine vessel, hu, Late Spring and Autumn Period, Late 6th century BC

Lot 1002. A bronze ritual wine vessel, hu, Late Spring and Autumn Period, Late 6th century BC; 11½ in. (21.9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The pear-shaped body is finely cast with plain bands alternating with bands of a dense pattern of tiny bosses and angular, interlocking scrolls repeated at the base of the neck below a further decorative band, which is interrupted by loop handles. The low foot is cast to resemble... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2017

Bronze Jian Water Basin, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Late Spring & Autumn Period, ca. 500-450 BC

Bronze Jian Water Basin, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Late Spring & Autumn Period, ca. 500-450 BC. Diameter: 68 cm Height: 28 cm. Metallurgical Test report & X-ray, CIRAM. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. A jian is a type of ancient Chinese bronze ritual basin, used for water or ice. The densely patterned stylized decoration of interlaced mythical beasts in low relief, is divided into three horizontal bands. This type of stylized decoration is characteristic of this period.... [Lire la suite]