05 août 2022

Two metal 'cicada' locking mechanisms, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 3064. Two metal 'cicada' locking mechanisms, Tang dynasty (618-907); 10.5 and 21.2 cm. Lot sold: 119,700 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 Provenance: Sze Yuan Tang Collection, 1980s.Bonhams Hong Kong, 24th November 2013, lot 575 (HK$37,500). Note: The earliest known locking mechanism is first attributed to the Han dynasty. The current examples are more advanced and intricate than their predecessors. See a similar Tang example from the Palace Museum Collection,... [Lire la suite]

04 août 2022

Han dynasty bronzes sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28 July 2022

Lot 3015. A gilt and silvered bronze 'dragon' basin, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 9); 17 cm, original Japanese wood box with a label dated 14th November 1947. Lot sold: 126,000 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 Provenance: Collection of Kinpei Takeuchi (1873-1960).Collection of Ryuichi Sano (1889-1977), acquired in Tokyo, 1950s.Collection of the Sano Art Museum, Mishima, Japan.Christie's New York, 22nd March 2013, lot 1252 (US$6,250). Literature: Sano... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2022

Zhou dynasty bronzes sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28 July 2022

  Lot 3003. A pair of inscribed archaic bronze ritual food vessels, Ding, Early Western Zhou dynasty (1050-771 BC); h. 20 cm, w. 17 cm. Lot sold: 1,512,000 HKD (Estimate: 400,000 - 600,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 inscribed with a six-character inscription; with 6 X-rays Provenance: Hartman Rare Art, New York. Note: Notable for its bowl-like body and three blade-like zoomorphic legs, the present lot represents an unusual group of ding. Inspired by pottery... [Lire la suite]
19 avril 2022

A green-glazed vase (Hu), Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Lot 643. A green-glazed vase (Hu), Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD); Height 16⅞ in., 42.8 cm. Lot sold: 5,670  USD (Estimate: 1,000 - 1,500 USD). © Sotheby's 2022 Property from a New York Private Collection. Provenance: Collection of Anthony Hardy, the Sze Yuan Tang Collection. Christie's New York, 21st September 1995, lot 33. Sotheby's. China / 5000 Years, New York, 29 March 2022
12 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (Zhi), Late Shang-early Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 29. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang dynasty-early Western Zhou dynasty. Height 8⅛ in., 20.5 cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 40,000 USD. Unsold. © Sotheby's 2021 the compressed pear-shaped body of oval section rising from a tall, slightly splayed foot to a flared rim, the waisted neck flanked by a pair of lug handles and decorated with borders of geometric motifs echoed on the foot, all below a frieze of cicadas encircling the rim, the domed cover with a scrollwork border... [Lire la suite]
14 juin 2021

A small bronze ritual wine vessel, zhi, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC)

Lot 3103.  A  small bronze ritual wine vessel, zhi, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC); 5 5/8 in. (14.4 cm.) high, box. Estimate HKD 60,000 - HKD 80,000. Price Realised HKD 175,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021. Provenance: Takeuchi, Kyoto, 1989The Sze Yuan Tang CollectionSold at Christie’s New York, 16 September 2010, lot 806. Exhibited: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2002-2006. Christie’s. Pavilion Online – Chinese Art, 27 May-11... [Lire la suite]

18 mai 2020

A green jade archaistic cylindrical vessel, cong, Qing Dynasty

Lot 73. A green jade archaistic cylindrical vessel, cong, Qing Dynasty; 8cm (3in) high. Estimate HK$80,000-120,000. Sold for HK$ 5,440,000 (€ 649,994). Photo Bonhams. Of cylindrical square-sectioned form, carved on all four sides of the exterior with three registers of stylised masks featuring prominent eyes, the stone of an even pale yellowish-green tone with buff-coloured inclusions. Note: The present lot is a good example of the Qing dynasty version of an archaic jade cong. The Qing dynasty... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2020

A yellow and russet jade archaistic 'chi dragon' disc, bi, 17th-18th century

Lot 72. A yellow and russet jade archaistic 'chi dragon' disc, bi, 17th-18th century; 6.2cm (2 1/2in) high. Estimate HK$30,000-50,000. Sold for HK$ 4,240,000 (€ 506,613). Photo Bonhams. The pierced oval disc worked in high relief on both sides, encircled by five frolicking chi dragons, the stone ranging from a pale greenish-yellow to dark brown tones. Note: Yellow jades are considered to be one of the rarest amongst all nephrite jades. This intricately reticulated carving is thus a fine... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2020

A white and russet jade group of two dancing foreigners, 18th-19th century

Lot 68. A white and russet jade group of two dancing foreigners, 18th-19th century; 5.8cm (2 1/4in) high. Estimate HK$30,000-50,000. Sold for HK$ 1,360,000 (€ 162,498). Photo Bonhams. Two foreign figures with curly hair and beards, each wearing a long-sleeved tunic and a sash around the waist, holding each other and dancing in celebration, the white stone with russet inclusions. Bonham's. The Sze Yuan Tang Collection of Chinese Jades, Hong Kong, 5 April 2016
18 mai 2020

A yellow and russet jade recumbent dog, Ming Dynasty or later

Lot 62. A yellow and russet jade recumbent dog, Ming Dynasty or later; 6cm (2 3/8in) long. Estimate HK$60,000-80,000. Sold for HK$ 1,060,000 (€ 126,653). Photo Bonhams. Deftly carved resting on its paws with hind legs tucked at the sides, with a prominent snout, beady eyes and large floppy ears, the knobby spine with incised hair terminating in a bifurcated tail, the stone of a greenish-yellow tone with dark russet inclusions..  Note: Recumbent dog jade carvings first gained popularity during the Song... [Lire la suite]