21 avril 2021

A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, dated Zhengshi fourth year, corresponding to 507

Lot 199. A gilt-bronze figure of Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty, dated Zhengshi fourth year, corresponding to 507. Height 7 ¼ in., 18.3 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. Lot sold: 195,300 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. modeled standing before a flame-shaped mandorla on a splayed lotus base above a four-legged plinth, the plinth chased with a grid pattern with each unit enclosing a small circle, the figure adorned in long flowing robes, the right hand held against the chest, the left... [Lire la suite]
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28 novembre 2020

Carved limestone from ancient Chinese caves could reach $60,000 in Heritage Asian Art Auction

  DALLAS, TX.- A beautiful carved limestone figure from a wall fragment in the Longmen Caves in Henan province could bring $60,000 or more in Heritage Auctions' Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction Dec. 11."We are proudly presenting a variety of fine and decorative Asian works of art, including snuff bottles, jade carvings, fine dynastic ceramics, important paintings and calligraphy etc.," Heritage Auctions Asian Art Consignment Director Moyun Niu said. "This auction also features a group of scholar's objects, from... [Lire la suite]
09 octobre 2020

A small gilt-bronze figure of seated Buddha, Northern Wei Dynasty, circa 5th century

Lot 904. A small gilt-bronze figure of seated Buddha, Northern Wei Dynasty, circa 5th century; 6 in. (15.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 35,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Shown seated in dhyanasana before a flame-shaped mandorla incised with flames, the front of the pedestal incised with confronted seated lions. Provenance: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired prior to 1990. Christie's. Sacred and Imperial: The James and... [Lire la suite]
09 octobre 2020

A small gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, Northern Wei Dynasty, dated AD 491

Lot 903. A small gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, Northern Wei Dynasty, dated AD 491; 6 in. (15.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 150,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. The bodhisattva shown holding a lotus stem in the right hand, the pendant left hand holding the end of the scarf, standing on a tapering four-legged pedestal and backed by a flamed-shaped mandorla, inscribed on the reverse with an inscription which includes a date Taihe shi... [Lire la suite]
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]