14 février 2020

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, liding, Late Western Zhou dynasty, 8th century BC

Lot 1251. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, liding, Late Western Zhou dynasty, 8th century BC; 2½ in. (6.4 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 62,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The compressed body raised on three legs with flat, partially open backs, each leg positioned below a curved flange centering pairs of coiled birds with long tails enclosing an 'eye', all below a short neck and everted rim, with mottled grey and milky green patina, stand. ... [Lire la suite]

30 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui), Late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th-8th century BC

Lot 161. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui), Late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th-8th century BC. Width 14 in., 35.5 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 6,875 USD. Photo Sotheby's of slightly compressed ovoid form, cast with four horizontal ribs below a band of intertwined stylized dragons, a large pair of horned animal masks issuing loop handles with pendent tabs to each side, the design repeated on the domed cover surmounted by an everted ring knob, all... [Lire la suite]
24 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui), Late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th-8th century BC

Lot 103. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui), Late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th-8th century BC. Width 15 in., 38.1 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 170,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's raised on three paw feet issuing from stylized animal masks, cast in high relief on the splayed base decorated with a gadrooned border, the bombé form body with four horizontal grooves below a border of stylized hooked dragon motifs, centered on taotie and... [Lire la suite]
24 janvier 2020

A rare archaic bronze ritual ewer and cover (he), Late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th-8th century BC

Lot 96. A rare archaic bronze ritual ewer and cover (he), Late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th-8th century BC. Diameter 11 in., 27.9 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 116,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's of compressed globular form, supported by three sturdy conical legs, the body cast with a frieze of an undulating wave pattern surmounting rows of softly rounded ribs, a small loop handle emerging from a bovine mask at the side coaxial with a cylindrical spout, the... [Lire la suite]
19 novembre 2016

Rituals Cast in Brilliance–Chinese Bronzes Through the Ages

Ding cauldron to Ji from his grandson, Late Shang Dynasty (c. 13th to 11th century B.C.E.), 故銅2343 , h. 81.8 cm. © National Palace Museum. The Bronze Age of China started in the late Xia dynasty (c. early 17th century B.C.E.), lasting about 1,500 years through several dynasties from Shang to Western Zhou and Eastern Zhou. Even after the subsequent emergence of iron in Qin and Han dynasties, bronzes continued to be in use. During those remote eras, only the ruling class was allowed to commission and... [Lire la suite]
11 août 2016

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (gui), Late Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 11. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (gui), Late Western Zhou dynasty. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's raised on three paw feet issuing from stylized animal masks, the compressed globular body cast with concave horizontal bands between borders of stylized hooked dragon motifs at the foot and rim, set to each side with large horned-animal masks issuing tabbed loop handles, the silvery-green bronze with malachite encrustation, Japanese wood box (3) - Width 15... [Lire la suite]
04 février 2014

Archaic Bronzes and the Wu Dacheng Jijintu Scroll at Sotheby's, 18th march 2014

A Selection of Archaic Bronzes. Photo Sotheby's NEW YORK - Sotheby’s is delighted to present a group of significant archaic bronze vessels from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, together with a handscroll of rubbings taken from actual bronzes that were once in the collection of the celebrated collector Wu Dacheng (1835-1902). It is very rare for such a scroll to appear at auction, and several of the bronzes came from famous Chinese collectors of the 18th-19th centuries. These bronzes have been recorded in various... [Lire la suite]