21 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze vessel, gui, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou

    Lot 153. An archaic bronze vessel, gui, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou; 7in (17.8cm) across, cloth wrap, wood box. Sold for US$ 24,062 (€ 20,546). © Bonhams 2001-2021 Of deep bowl form with an everted rim and high waisted foot, the central band cast with short pointed bosses each set into a leiwen patterned ground below narrow frieze of leiwen and zoomorphs under the flared rim and more widely spaced taotie masks at the waisted foot, malachite and earthen... [Lire la suite]

15 septembre 2021

A bronze 'mythical beast' pole finial, Shang dynasty

Lot 42. A bronze 'mythical beast' pole finial, Shang dynasty. Height 4½ in., 11.43 cm. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD. Lot sold: 5,670 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 well cast as a hollow conical socket issuing from a ferocious bovine mask with bulging eyes and a broad flattened nose, flanked by flaring ears, all below tall curved horns cast with intaglio coil details, the conical socket with further intaglio motifs and pierced with two apertures, the bronze with a reddish-brown patina with... [Lire la suite]
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14 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze wine vessel, Jue, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th centuries BCE

  Lot 151. An archaic bronze wine vessel, Gu, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou, 13th-11th centuries BCE; 9 ½in (24.1cm) high. Estimate US$ 50,000 - 70,000  (€ 42,000 - 59,000). Sold for US$ 50,312 (€ 42,961). © Bonhams 2001-2021 With a deep u-shaped body cast in a band below the rim with a dense leiwen-like ground with low-relief vertical flanges suggesting dissolved horned-taotie and with a snake-like row of small bosses on each side, supported on three angled pointed... [Lire la suite]
25 juin 2021

Human-like head, Shang dynasty, ca. 16th - 11th BCE

Human-like head. Excavated in Sanxingdui, Guanghan county, Sichuan Province, in 1986, Shang dynasty, ca. 16th - 11th BCE. Bronze, height 39.3 cm, National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing. © The Israel Museum Detail: One of the eyes. Human-like head, Shang dynasty, ca. 16th - 11th BCE, National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing. © The Israel Museum In 1986, a sizable group of larger-than-life bronze figures and heads, some covered with gold, along with many jades and elephant tusks, were unearthed in sacrificial... [Lire la suite]
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04 juin 2021

Christie's Paris announces Asian art sales

Lot 86. Rare and important gilt bronze sculpture of Bhaisajyaguru Bouddha, Tibet, circa 15th century. Hauteur: 37 cm. (14 ½ in.). Estimate EUR 350,000 - EUR 550,000. Price realised EUR 387,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021. PARIS.- On 9 June, the Asian Art department of Christie’s France will offer a selection of 273 lots for an estimate of between €5.6m and €8.4m, coming from private European and Asian collections covering more than 3,000 years of Far Eastern art. All the richness of Asian art and the... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2021

A white and grey jade 'Crested Owl' pendant, Shang Dynasty

  Lot 14. A white and grey jade 'Crested Owl' pendant, Shang Dynasty; 3 1/8in (8cm) across. Estimate US$ 15,000 - 20,000 (€ 12,000 - 17,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 Of curving outline, the flattened pendant carved with a large notched crest above an owl head with small ears and hooked beak, the body with simple scrolls delineating the wing feathers, terminating in a large coiled tail and simple clawed feet, pierced at both ends for suspension, the stone of even white tone with grey-black... [Lire la suite]
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26 février 2021

Bonhams announces New York Asia Week sale highlights for March 2021

© Bonhams 2001-2021  NEW YORK, NY.- An incredibly rare and museum-quality 11th century brass figure of Vajravarahi from Northeastern India, dating from the Pala Period; an important 10th century lacquered wood sculpture of Amida Buddha; and a wonderful grouping of Ming and Qing lacquer wares from the Collection of Robert W. Moore are among the highlights of Bonhams New York Asia Week sales announced today. This March, Bonhams New York will present a plethora of fine and rare works from a range of art historical... [Lire la suite]
08 décembre 2020

A rare archaic bronze wine vessel, Gu, Shang Dynasty

Lot 151. A rare archaic bronze wine vessel, Gu, Shang Dynasty; 26.5cm (10 1/2in) high. Estimate HK$ 200,000-300,000. Sold for HK$ 402,500 (€ 42,819). Photo: Bonhams. The flaring trumpet neck cast with four S-scroll-filled leaves above a band of stylised cicadas, the central section cast with two taotie masks bisected by vertical flanges, the spreading foot cast with four stylised half-taotie masks reserved on a leiwen ground, with a crisply-cast three-character pictogram inside the... [Lire la suite]
19 novembre 2020

A rare small jade figure of a bear, Shang dynasty

Lot 143. A rare small jade figure of a bear, Shang dynasty. Height 3 cm, 1 3/16 in. Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 GBP. Lot sold: 50,400 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. finely carved seated with front paws resting on its knees, the head with large round eyes beneath pricked ears, the stone of pale celadon tone with russet inclusions. Provenance: Collection of Dr Cheng Te-k'un (1908-2001), Cambridge. Bluett & Sons Ltd., London, 19th December 1990. Literature: The Animal in Chinese Art,... [Lire la suite]
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05 novembre 2020

Jade from a Princely Collection sold at Christie's London, 3 November 2020

Christie’s is delighted to bring to the market this exquisite group of archaic jades from the Baron and Baroness von Oertzen Collection, all of which were acquired by current owner from the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction in London, 4 November 2008.The late Baroness Irene von Oertzen (1908-2007) and her husband Baron Klaus-Detlof von Oertzen (1894 - 1991), were passionate collectors of Chinese art, and together they amassed a remarkable collection of great scope and quality, particularly with regards to Chinese jade... [Lire la suite]