24 novembre 2017

A very rare jade disc, bi, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24)

Lot 4. A very rare jade disc, bi, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24). Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 120,000 (€8,600 - 13,000). Sold for HK$ 100,000 (€10,782).  Photo: Bonhams. Crisply carved in relief on both sides with evenly spaced 'grain' pattern, encircled by two narrow raised bands at the inner and outer edges, the inner rim issuing three pointed hooks, the stone of pale yellow tone, fitted box. 9.8cm (4in) diam. Provenance: The Sze Yuan Tang Collection Note: This type... [Lire la suite]

24 novembre 2017

A very rare grey jade circular box and cover, Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)

Lot 3. A very rare grey jade circular box and cover, Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 300,000 (€22,000 - 32,000). Sold for HK$ 437,500 (€47,172). Photo: Bonhams. The slightly domed cover delicately carved with a whorl motif as the central medallion surrounded by four leaf-shaped petals, further encircled by a border incised with four stylised curling phoenix, all enclosed within narrow raised bands, the sides of the box and cover carved with linked relief spirals, the cover mounted... [Lire la suite]
24 novembre 2017

A very rare jade figural dragon pendant, Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 1046-771 B.C.E)

Lot 2. A very rare jade figural dragon pendant, Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 1046-771 B.C.E). Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 120,000 (€8,600 - 13,000). Photo: Bonhams. The flat plaque finely carved in openwork and well-defined double outlines as a crouching humanoid figure shown in profile, encircled by three dragon heads facing in different directions, the first at the top of the human face, the second forming the arms and trunk of the human body and the third behind the human leg, each depicted with a diamond-shaped eye below... [Lire la suite]
03 novembre 2017

Antique bronzes from the Sze Yuan Tang collection at Bonhams, London, 9 Nov 2017

Lot 3. Two archaic bronze 'taotie' masks, Late Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties. Estimate £3,000 - 5,000 (€3,400 - 5,600). Sold for £6,250 (€7,051). Photo: Bonhams. The first modelled in the form of a taotie mask detailed with pierced bulging eyes, prominent nostril and horns; the second cast with twisted robe borders framing the reticulated eyes, ears and nostril, the reverse set with two pairs of rings for fitting. The larger 19.3cm (7 5/8in) wide (2). Provenance: the Sze Yuan Tang collection,... [Lire la suite]
01 novembre 2017

A selection of ceramics from the Sze Yuan Tang Collection to be sold at Bonhams London, 9 Nov 2017

Photo courtesy Bonhams. A LIFETIME APPRECIATING CHINESE ART During my early childhood in Taiwan, at every Chinese New Year festival I can remember my pretty elder sister would hold my hand and take me and our two brothers to visit my maternal grandparents at their home. As soon as we entered the main room I could see the large three-legged pale-green-glazed tripod dish containing a flower arrangement of pure and elegant narcissus flowers. My grandfather told me that this was a late Ming ‘Longquan celadon’ narcissus dish. At... [Lire la suite]
27 octobre 2017

Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art at TEFAF New York Fall 2017

A figure of an equestrian drummer, China, Tang Dynasty, 8th century. Amber-glazed. Height 38 cm (15 in.) © Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art Modelled seated on a horse, the musician sitting upright with his hands raised, wearing a round-neck robe, trousers, boots and a long cloth cap. The horse is standing foursquare on a rectangular slab, and moulded with harness, saddle and a drum on its left neck. The fi gure glazed overall with an amber glaze graduating to pale beige on the extremities. The head,... [Lire la suite]

26 juillet 2017

A bronze ritual tripod vessel, jue, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 817. A bronze ritual tripod vessel, jue, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC, 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high; Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 40,000. Price realised USD 86,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010 Well cast with a band of two taotie masks, with intaglio decoration on the detached elements, all reserved on a leiwen ground and separated by notched flanges, one mask centered on a further flange and the other centered on a three-character inscription cast beneath the handle... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2016

A chicken-bone jade cylindrical tube, cong, Western Zhou Dynasty

Lot 4. A chicken-bone jade cylindrical tube, cong, Western Zhou Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 150,000 (€11,000 - 17,000). Photo: Bonhams. Of short cylindrical square section, decorated with stylised faces incised with small eyes and protruding large noses on the four angled corners, the opaque stone of chalky white colour with grey specks. 8.9cm (3 1/2in) diam. Note: Although their exact function and meaning are still unclear, according to the Zhouli (a Han reconstruction of a lost Zhou... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2016

A mottled yellow and brown jade cylindrical vessel, cong, Neolithic Period or later

Lot 2. A mottled yellow and brown jade cylindrical vessel, cong, Neolithic Period or later. Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 120,000 (€9,000 - 14,000). Photo: Bonhams. Of characteristic square-sectioned tubular form, the stone of varying pale and dark yellowish-brown tones. 8.8cm (3 1/2in) high Bonhams. THE SZE YUAN TANG COLLECTION OF CHINESE JADES, 11:00 HKT, HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY
02 avril 2016

A mottled green jade vessel, cong, Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture

Lot 1. A mottled green jade vessel, cong, Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture. Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 80,000 (€5,600 - 9,000). Photo: Bonhams. The thick-walled cong of square-sectioned form, with two registers of stylised masks below striated bands carved at each corner, the stone of a green tone suffused with buff and yellowish-brown inclusions. 7.5cm (3in) high Published and Illustrated: Art and Imitation in China, Hong Kong, 2006, p.130, no.21 Exhibited: University Museum and Art Gallery, The... [Lire la suite]