30 mars 2022

An archaic bronze sword, Warring States period (475-221 BC)

Lot 137. An archaic bronze sword, Warring States period  (475-221 BC). Length 15⅞ in., 40.4 cm. Lot sold: 5,670 USD (Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD). © Sothebys.  Provenance: Collection of Harry Geoffrey Beasley (1881-1939), probably acquired 1st October 1929 (according to label). Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997). Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1968-present, coll. no. H.2.24. Sotheby's. A Journey Through China's History. The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part... [Lire la suite]

23 octobre 2021

A rare gold-inlaid bronze sword, Warring States Period (475-221 BC)

 Lot 1. A rare gold-inlaid bronze sword, Warring States Period (475-221 BC); 58cm (22 1/2in) high. Sold for HK$165,000 (Estimate HKD50,000 - 80,000/US$6,400 - 10,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 The long tapering blade with bevelled edges and a double-grooved median ridge on each side, the guard cast in intaglio on each side and inlaid with gold geometric scrolls, the hilt encircled with two collars and ended with a dished pommel inlaid with gold stylised clouds, stand.    Provenance: A Hong Kong... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A very rare and important gold-inlaid bronze sword, Eastern Zhou dynasty, late 6th-early 5th century BC

Lot 1234. A very rare and important gold-inlaid bronze sword, Eastern Zhou dynasty, late 6th-early 5th century BC; 19 3/8 in. (49.3 cm.) long. Estimate 150,000 - USD 250,000. Price realised USD 183,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The long tapering blade has a median ridge on both sides and is inlaid on one side in gold with a twelve-character inscription arranged in two lines, all below a diamond-shaped guard and a slightly tapering hilt leading to the disc-shaped pommel which is decorated on the top... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A rare gold-inlaid bronze sword, early Warring States period, first half 5th century BC

Lot 1229. A rare gold-inlaid bronze sword, early Warring States period, first half 5th century BC; 21¾ in. (55.1 cm.) long. Estimate 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 23,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The long tapering blade has beveled edges and a distinct median ridge. The guard is inlaid on either side in fine gold wire with foliate scroll and the hilt is cast with two circular flanges below a circular, dished pommel inlaid with a circular fret pattern. Provenance: Dragon Culture, Hong... [Lire la suite]
06 décembre 2019

A Chinese gold-inlaid bronze sword, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 10. A Chinese gold-inlaid bronze sword, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 15 3/8 in. (39 cm.) long. Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000. Price realised GBP 7,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. Cast with beveled edges and a distinct median ridge, the diamond-shaped guard and the circular pommel each decorated with gold-inlaid scroll motifs, the bronze with extensive malachite-green encrustation. Provenance: Paula Heuser Antiquitäten, Hamburg, Germany, 29 July 1933, where acquired by Hermann... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2019

A gold-inlaid bronze sword, Warring States period, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 995. A gold-inlaid bronze sword, Warring States period, 5th-4th century BC; 19 in. (48.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The long, tapering blade has beveled edges and a distinct median ridge. The diamond-shaped guard, the hilt with two circular flanges, and the circular, dished pommel, are each decorated with taotie masks and gold-inlaid bird scroll. The bronze has extensive malachite-green encrustation. ... [Lire la suite]

18 décembre 2018

Short sword with iron blade and bronze handle, Vietnam, Cham, 8th century A.D.

Lot 556. Short sword with iron blade and bronze handle. Vietnam, Cham, 8th century A.D. L 46cm. Estimate €960 - €1,200. Unsold. Courtesy Gorny & Mosch GmbH. Handle with green patina, iron blade with tiny fragments missing. Provenance: Collection H.N., Franken, since 1994. Gorny & Mosch GmbH. Ancien Art, Munich, December 18, 2018, 10:00 AM
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20 avril 2018

A fine Ottoman sword (yataghan) with lion-head hilt and scabbard, signed by Hasan, Turkey, 18th century

Lot 165. A fine Ottoman sword (yataghan) with lion-head hilt and scabbard, signed by Hasan, Turkey, 18th century; 74cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018. with a single-edged blade, the forte decorated with an inscription within fine gilt scrolls, hilt designed as a lion head with finely engraved details and semi-precious stones, an Ottoman stamp on the blade in the shape of a pomegranate, the green-leather scabbard with silver lock and chape decorated with... [Lire la suite]
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05 novembre 2017

The largest collection of Viking artifacts on display in North America comes to the Royal Ontario Museum

TORONTO.- VIKINGS: The Exhibition opened at the Royal Ontario Museum on Saturday, November 4. 2017. Presented by investment dealer Raymond James Ltd., in partnership with the Swedish History Museum, the exhibition offers visitors a fresh perspective on an ancient culture that challenges some of the commonly held myths and perceptions about the lives of the Norse people and this period of European history. “The Vikings have had a profound impact on the modern imagination,” says Josh Basseches, Director & CEO... [Lire la suite]
24 juin 2017

A rare archaic bronze turquoise-inlaid sword, jian, Early Warring States Period

Lot 101. A rare archaic bronze turquoise-inlaid sword, jian, Early Warring States Period, 8.2cm (22 7/8in) long (3). Estimate HK$300,000 - 500,000 (US$39,000 - 64,000). Sold for HK$ 375,000 (€43,030). Photo: Bonhams. The long pointed blade with bevelled edges and a long median ridge, the ribbed handle with a wing-shaped guard inlaid with turquoise forming a taotie mask motif and ending in a flattened concave pommel, with olive-green patina and malachite encrustations, fitted box and metal... [Lire la suite]