01 mars 2019

A pair of archaic bronze ritual wine vessels, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th century BC

Lot 530. A pair of archaic bronze ritual wine vessels, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th century BC; 10 3/4 in., 27.4 cm. Estimate 35,000 — 45,000 USD. Lot sold 114,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. each of slender form with wide trumpet mouth, crisply cast in low relief with four upright lappet blades emerging from a band of taotie masks, the faces with raised bosses for eyes centered and divided by notched flanges and reserved on a leiwen ground, above... [Lire la suite]

28 février 2019

A fine and rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang Dynasty, Erligang Period (c. 1510 – c. 1460 BC)

Lot 531. A fine and rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang Dynasty, Erligang Period (c. 1510 – c. 1460 BC); 6 7/8 in., 17.5 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 144,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the columnar body supported on a tall splayed foot flaring to a wide trumpet mouth, encircled around the mid-section with three raised filets above a narrow band enclosing two taotie masks, each of the faces cast in broad relief with... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A large archaic bronze tripod wine vessel, jia, Shang Dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 504. A large archaic bronze tripod wine vessel, jia, Shang Dynasty, 13th-12th century BC. Overall height 14 3/8 in., 36.5 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 276,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. supported on three tall blade legs, the cylindrical vessel rising to a flared mouth set with two upright posts capped with mushroom finials decorated with sun-whorls, the body crisply cast with two horizontal registers, each finely cast with pairs of low-relief taotie animal... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A bronze dagger, ge, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 353. A bronze dagger, ge, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 12 in. (30.4 cm.) long. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realized USD 5,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The hilt cast as a stylized bird in profile, with clawed foot, upturned tail, hooked beak and crest ending in an animal head, the blade with median ridge extending the entire length, with greenish-grey patina and patches of malachite, cuprite and azurite encrustation. Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs.... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A well-cast bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC 

Lot 352. A well-cast bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price Realized USD 32,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The deep U-shaped body raised on three blade supports and crisply cast in thread relief with two taotie masks reserved on a leiwen band, one confronted on a shallow flange, the other on the C-shaped handle, the rim rising to a peak opposite the long spout... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

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

Lot 351. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 10 5/8 in. (27.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price Realized USD 32,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The flared trumpet-shaped neck with four upright blades flat cast with inverted and elongated taotie masks above a narrow scroll band, the middle section with two taotiemasks divided and separated by notched flanges repeated on the spreading foot between four dragons with large... [Lire la suite]

23 février 2019

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

Lot 348. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 10 13/16 in. (27.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 30,000. Price Realized USD 52,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The trumpet-shaped neck flat cast with a band of upright blades rising from a narrow band of spirals, above two taotie masks with small boss eyes centered on narrow flanges on the rounded center section, the spreading foot cast with a narrow band of S-shaped serpents above a wide... [Lire la suite]
21 février 2019

Archaic Jade sold at Christie's New York, 17 september 2008

Lot 332. A rare opaque taupe jade blade, ge, Shang dynasty, circa 1200 BC; 10¾ in. (27.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 25,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The long, slightly curved blade with beveled edges and a subtle median ridge extending the full length on both sides, with a hole drilled from one side piercing the tang which is carved with parallel notches, the grey-green stone altered to an attractive warm taupe color, one side of the tang with a... [Lire la suite]
12 janvier 2019

A rare and finely cast large ritual bronze wine vessel, pou, Shang dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 1239. A rare and finely cast large ritual bronze wine vessel, pou, Shang dynasty, 11th century BC; 11 in. (27.9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 400,000 - USD 600,000. Price realised USD 1,022,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Raised on a tall, slightly splayed foot crisply cast with addorsed dragons centered around short flanges and masks cast in low relief, the lower register of the body cast with three large taotie masks with bulging eyes beneath a plain, narrow band and a wider band of... [Lire la suite]
12 janvier 2019

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

Lot 1235. A bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 11 in. (27.9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 35,000 - USD 45,000. Price realised USD 134,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Crisply cast on the spreading foot and narrow waist with two taotie masks centered and divided by four notched flanges, the two sections separated by two bow-string bands interrupted by three reticulated cross-shaped apertures, beneath a narrow band ofleiwen and four tall upright... [Lire la suite]