04 mars 2019

A rare and finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 1604. A rare and finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC; 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 1,500,000 - USD 2,500,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection, Springfield, Massachusetts. The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1962.Christie's New York, 21-22 March 2013, lot 1126. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Bidwell on the porch of their home at 16 Ridgewood... [Lire la suite]

10 septembre 2017

A rare small carved Yaozhou ewer, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (AD 960-1234)

Lot 1148. A rare small carved Yaozhou ewer, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (AD 960-1234); 3¼ in. (8.2 cm.) across. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 43,750 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The upright sides of the cylindrical body are well carved with two peony sprays below a band of overlapping petals on the canted shoulder that radiate from the base of the small mouth which is flanked by a short spout on one side and a looped, strap handle on the other. The vessel is covered with a clear... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2016

A silvery bronze mirror, Sui dynasty (581-618)

Lot 1149. A silvery bronze mirror, Sui dynasty (581-618). Price Realised USD 37,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 The back has a central knob encircled by narrow petal and stamen borders surrounded by six floral roundels separated by foliate arabesques within narrow dogtooth borders and an outer inscription encircled by further decorative borders. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.) diam. Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection.The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2016

A bronze 'TLV' mirror, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8)

Lot 1139. A bronze 'TLV' mirror, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8). Price Realised USD 21,250. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 The back is crisply cast with a knob centering a quartrefoil within a square border of twelve nipples separating characters representing the zodiac. There are eight further nipples in the outer field which is cast in thread relief with T, L and V motifs as well as the The Four Spirit Animals, Daoist immortals and various animals and birds. All are arranged in four quadrants, and are... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2016

Two bronze circular 'TLV' mirrors, Western Han-Xin dynasty (206 BC-AD 23)

Lot 1138. Two bronze circular 'TLV' mirrors, Western Han-Xin dynasty (206 BC-AD 23). Price Realised USD 7,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 One has a silvery patina and a central square enclosing six nipples alternating with characters surrounded by four pairs of nipples flanking birds within a configuration of 'TLV' motifs to form four quadrants within a hatchured border in the outer field below sawtooth bands on the wide rim. The second is larger, but of similar type, and rather than just birds is cast in... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2016

Three bronze circular mirrors, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 1136. Three bronze circular mirrors, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Price Realised USD 9,375. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 The knob of one is surrounded by two stylized double-headed dragons separated by two inscriptions within an outer scallop border. The largest has a loop in the shape of a crouching animal set within a square border enclosing an inscription, and the main field is cast with four dragons with scrolling foliate bodies separated by four bosses reserved on a patterned ground within an outer... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2016

Two bronze circular mirrors, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220)

Lot 1135. Two bronze circular mirrors, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220). Price Realised USD 10,625. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 The large knob is surrounded by two seated deities and an attendant separated by four nipples from a dragon and a tiger with backward-turned head, within a hatchured border and below a dogtooth border and band of cloud scroll on the rim. The other has a silvery grey patina and a large knob encircled by four petals separated by characters within a field of eight scallops separated by... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2016

A gilt-bronze circular mirror, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220)

Lot 1134. A gilt-bronze circular mirror, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220). Price Realised USD 7,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 The large knob is surrounded by four bixie separating seated deities within an outer band of semi-circles alternating with rectangles cast with characters below a canted dogtooth border and a pictorial band and narrow scroll border on the rim. Together with a silvery grey bronze circular mirror, Three Kingdoms period (220-265), the knob surrounded by three dragons cast in... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2016

Two bronze circular mirrors, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC 

Lot 1133. Two bronze circular mirrors, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC. Price Realised USD 15,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 The larger has a central square with small leaves or feathers at the corners from which extend rope-twist garlands suspending leaf and feather pendants that separate the four large shan characters reserved on a feather-hook ground; the smaller also has a small central square with birds standing at the corners between zigzag lozenge motifs, all of which are reserved on... [Lire la suite]