22 avril 2020

A dated gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 495

Lot 21. A dated gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 495; 8cm., 3 1/8 in. Estimate 6,000 — 9,000 GBP. Lot sold 18,750 GBP (26,136 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's. cast seated in dhyanasana with arms folded in dhyanamudra, the robes falling into neat pleats, the face with a meditative expression and the hair piled up into a high chignon, all supported on a stepped plinth raised on four feet, the reverse with an inscription dated nineteenth year of Taihe... [Lire la suite]

22 avril 2020

A dated gilt-bronze figure of a Bodhisattva, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 495

Lot 20. A dated gilt-bronze figure of a Bodhisattva, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 495; 11.4cm., 4 3/8 in.. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 25,000 GBP (34,847 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's. cast standing with the right arm raised, wearing long robes falling into neat pleats, the face with a meditative expression with hair piled up into a high chignon, all before a leaf-shaped mandorla incised to the front with flame-like projections, the reverse with a Buddha seated in a... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A rare bronze openwork taotie mask fitting, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th century

Lot 2041. A rare bronze openwork taotie mask fitting, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th century; 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 10,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The fitting is cast as a taotie mask with curved fangs, a beak-form nose above a curved hook, bulging eyes and a pair of pricked ears which flank a central openwork area formed by a figure standing with arms akimbo on the back legs of two confronted dragons. There... [Lire la suite]
15 janvier 2020

A painted grey pottery figure of an Earth spirit, Northern Wei dynasty, 4th-6th century

Lot 1160. A painted grey pottery figure of an Earth spirit, Northern Wei dynasty, 4th-6th century; Earth spirit 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) high, two-headed creature 9 in. (23 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The mythical beast, with leonine head, taloned feet, spikey wings and three flame-like projections rising from the back, is shown seated on a U-shaped base as it opens its mouth in a warning roar. The dark grey body has traces of... [Lire la suite]
09 novembre 2019

A rare large gilt-bronze votive figure of Padmapani, Northern Wei dynasty, fourth year of the Yongping period, 511 AD

Lot 181. A rare large gilt-bronze votive figure of Padmapani, Northern Wei dynasty, fourth year of the Yongping period, corresponding to 511 AD. Height 29 cm, 11⅜ in. Estimate: 150,000 - 250,000 GBP. Lot sold 325,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's well cast standing in abhanga on a lotus pedestal base, the left hand holding a stem and the other grasping a flask, the slender body dressed with a diaphanous dhoti and long scarf draping over the shoulders and upper arms,... [Lire la suite]
15 juillet 2019

An important gilt-bronze votive stele of Guanyin, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 484 AD

Lot 12. An important gilt-bronze votive stele of Guanyin, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 8th year of the reign of Taihe corresponding to 484 AD. Height 6 1/8  in., 15.6 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 293,000 USD. © Sotheby's. the figure cast with right hand holding a stem with large lotus bud over the shoulder, the left hand to the side holding a flask, standing on a domed base raised on a four-legged plinth, the upper body bare except for a... [Lire la suite]

25 février 2019

An exceptional sandstone head of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, Yungang Caves, late 5th Century

Lot 727. An exceptional sandstone head of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, Yungang Caves, late 5th Century; 12 in., 30.5 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 228,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the fine white granular sandstone well carved in subtle volumes to form an elongated head with crisp bow-shaped lips tenderly lifted at the corners in a beatific smile above the channeled dimple on the chin, the long nose rising to the slightly downcast eyes defined by... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A rare limestone wall fragment of a flying apsaras playing the drum, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Longmen Caves

Lot 506. A rare limestone wall fragment of a flying apsaras playing the drum, Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, Longmen Caves. Height 21 in., 53.4 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 1,059,200 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the charcoal-grey stone finely carved as an apsaras, or angelic being, in flight, dressed in a robe with wide billowing sleeves below a short fitted vest, moving to its left but turning its head sharply to the right while holding in the left arm a small... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A rare limestone seated figure of a 'Pensive' Maitreya, Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century, Longmen Caves

Lot 503. A rare limestone seated figure of a 'Pensive' Maitreya, Northern Wei Dynasty, early 6th century, Longmen Caves; 23 3/8 in., 59.5 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot sold 1,361,600 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the grey stone originally part of a wall fragment, deftly carved with the youthful prince seated upon a lotus pedestal base with legs crossed at the ankles, head bent slightly to its left and the left hand gently cradling its cheek in ‘pensive’ posture, the right hand resting... [Lire la suite]
10 janvier 2019

The Walter and Phyllis Shorenstein Collection of Chinese Art at Christie's New York, 24 March 2011

The Chinese works of art in the collection of Walter and Phyllis Shorenstein are spectacular in their beauty, technical excellence and historical importance. Following the recent and immense success of Treasures From the Shorenstein Collection, including important glass, imperial porcelain and fine jades sold in our Hong Kong rooms, Christie's New York is pleased to offer ancient bronzes, early ceramics and sculpture, jade carvings, and the very rare and important 12th century Yunnanese gilt-bronze figure of Acouye Guanyin (lot 1294)... [Lire la suite]