18 janvier 2020

A dark grey limestone figure of Amitabha Buddha, inscribed Jinglong third year (709), and of the period

Lot 1145. A dark grey limestone figure of Amitabha Buddha, inscribed Jinglong third year (709), and of the period; 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 147,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The seated figure is backed by a flame-carved mandorla carved with a foliate scroll aureole that frames the head, and wears a long diaphanous robe which cascades in crisp, overlapping folds over the front of the circular plinth that is raised on a columnar... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

Three small gilt-bronze figures of bodhisattvas, Sui-Northern Song dynasty, 6th-12th century

 Lot 1145. Three small gilt-bronze figures of bodhisattvas, Sui-Northern Song dynasty, 6th-12th century; 5, 5¼, 6½ and 3 5/8 in. (12.7, 13.3, 16.5 and 9.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 One is a slender, graceful figure standing in a tribhangha pose on top of a lotus stem, with a bottle pendent from the right hand and a willow branch held in the left at the shoulder. The head is backed by a separate openwork... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A rare gilt-bronze figural staff finial, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 1143. A rare gilt-bronze figural staff finial, Tang dynasty (618-907); 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 4,000. Price realised USD 13,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The fitting is heavily cast as a tubular shaft surmounted by the finely cast head of a foreigner with hooked nose, prominent cheekbones and hair shown in overlapping scalloped rows, probably representing curls. There are traces of gilding allover, wood stand. Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954)... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A very rare bronze figural support, Warring States period, 5th-3rd century BC

Lot 1137. A very rare bronze figural support, Warring States period, 5th-3rd century BC; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 663,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The support is cast as a kneeling servant holding a cylindrical tube above a corresponding socket that rises from the square base, which is cast around the sides with a pattern of interlaced dragons. He is wearing a close-fitting robe secured by a belt into which is tucked a sheathed knife in... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A turquoise-inlaid and silver-decorated gilt-bronze openwork garment hook, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC

Lot 1132. A turquoise-inlaid and silver-decorated gilt-bronze openwork garment hook, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC; 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Cast in openwork at one end with the head of a dragon or canine, its long ears grasped in the forefeet of a creature with short beak and long ears that stretch back to the turquoise-inlaid, feather-patterned wings of an owl in the center, its foreclaws grasping... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A small bronze ritual ladle, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 1131. A small bronze ritual ladle, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 27,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The handle has a flared, curved end with median ridge and a bovine mask terminal from which issues the straight, angled mid-section, that terminates in a mask attached to the side of the deep cup. The back of the handle is inscribed with a partially illegible six-character inscription. ... [Lire la suite]

17 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, Warring States period, 5th century BC

Lot 1130. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, Warring States period, 5th century BC & A grey pottery ding and cover, Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC); Bronze ding 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high; pottery ding 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 56,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The deep, globular body is raised on three cabriole legs and has two upright handles decorated with bands of angular... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 1129. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 183,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The pear-shaped vessel, which is of oval section, is raised on a spreading foot and is cast on each side with a band of dragon scroll formed by two dragons with backward-turned heads and centered by a mask cast in high relief. The swing handle is cast with... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A pair of bronze linchpins, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-10th century BC

Lot 1128. A pair of bronze linchpins, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-10th century BC; 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 11,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Each flat pin is pierced with a rectangular aperture at one end and is surmounted by a well-cast animal head with tapering, spiralled horns, bulbous eyes, and flat muzzle, that is pierced through the neck with a horizontal channel, and has a flat, crescent-shaped backing, stand.... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A bronze chanfron, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1127. A bronze chanfron, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) long. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 11,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The harness frontal is cast with a long, hemispherical 'tongue' that issues from a taotie mask with pierced bulbous eyes. A narrow strap tranverses the hollow back of the 'tongue' and there are two corner straps on the reverse of the bottom of the mask. The bronze has a mottled... [Lire la suite]