18 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, Anyang, 12th century BC

Lot 1222. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, Anyang, 12th century BC; 10 1/8 in. (26 cm.) high. Estimate 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price realised USD 123,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The tall, slender vessel is crisply cast in low relief on the trumpet-shaped neck with four blades filled with inverted masks above a narrow band of angular snakes, and on the center section and the spreading foot with taotie masks divided and separated by notched flanges. Those on the foot are set... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

A very rare bronze owl-form covered vessel, xiaoyou, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 145. A very rare bronze owl-form covered vessel, xiaoyou, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 9 in. (22.9 cm.) long. Estimate 600,000 - USD 800,000. Price realised USD 511,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2004 Well cast in the form of two addorsed owls, their plump bodies forming the vessel, raised on four stout legs ending in clawed feet and cast in soft relief with simplified wings sweeping back from their rounded breasts to a pair of rings attached to the rope-twist handle, the domed... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 1217. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 11½ in. (29.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The tall slender vessel is divided into three sections. The trumpet-shaped upper body is crisply cast with four upright cicada blades, and the central section and spreading foot are decorated with a dense leiwen and taotie-pattern band divided by four vertical ribbed flanges, and... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 1215. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 99,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Raised on three blade-shaped supports the deep body is cast with two taotie masks separated by narrow flanges and reserved on a leiwen band, below a band of small triangular blades and longer blades on the underside of the spout and tail. One mask is centered on a flange, the... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A small bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th century BC

Lot 1214. A small bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th century BC; 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high. Estimate USD 18,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The trumpet-shaped neck is undecorated while the middle section, which is set between double bow-string borders, is flat-cast with taotie masks formed by pairs of downward-facing birds with prominent pupils and quills stacked below the coiled tail. Four birds of similar type, all shown facing in... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 1211. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 37,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vessel has a plain trumpet-shaped neck and spreading foot, and the bulbous mid-section is cast with two taotie masks with boss-like eyes divided and separated by slender notched flanges and set between raised bow-string borders. A two-character inscription is cast on the interior of the foot.... [Lire la suite]

17 janvier 2020

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

Lot 1126. A rare finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC; 89 in. (22.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 800,000 - USD 1,200,000. Price realised USD 1,143,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vessel is of tapering rectangular shape and is well cast in low relief on the two broad sides with a large taotie mask set below a small taotie and reserved on a leiwen ground repeated as the ground to the pair of confronted... [Lire la suite]
16 janvier 2020

A small archaic jade ceremonial jade dagger-axe (ge), Shang Dynasty, circa 13th-11th Century B.C.

A small archaic jade ceremonial jade dagger-axe (ge), Shang Dynasty, circa 13th-11th Century B.C. Length 6 1⁄16 inches (15.4 cm). Price On Request. © 2020 J.J. Lally & Co., New York the straight blade with beveled edges and shallow medial ridge, abruptly tapered to a sharp point, the squared tang with a small hole, with encrusted cinnabar red on one side. An archaic jade ceremonial blade of very similar shape and size in the British Museum is illustrated by Rawson, Chinese Jade from the... [Lire la suite]
13 janvier 2020

A rare carved white marble bowl, Shang dynasty, 14th-13th century BC

Lot 1157. A rare carved white marble bowl, Shang dynasty, 14th-13th century BC; Bowl 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) diam.; bowl and cover 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The deep sides are carved with a chevron design and flare towards the rim from the slightly spreading foot which is encircled by a herringbone band. The white stone has a buff-colored surface. Together with a rare carved high-fired white pottery... [Lire la suite]
06 décembre 2019

A Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century B.C.E.

Lot 7. A Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century B.C.E.; 12 5/8 in. (32.2 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000. Price realised GBP 9,375. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. Cast to the neck with four leiwen-filled blades rising from a band of S-shaped serpents, the middle section and foot with the disconnected parts of a taotie mask divided by notched flanges, the interior of the foot with a three-character inscription. Provenance: Acquired... [Lire la suite]