02 mars 2017

Tripod Vessel, Warring States Period, 475 – 221 B.C., China

Tripod Vessel, Warring States Period, 475 – 221 B.C., China © Zetterquist Galleries Height: 11cm. Diameter: 17cm A globular jar of dense high-fired earthenware with three tiny feet of pinched form. The body is decorated with an impressed finely textured pattern, intended to seal up the walls to hold liquid inside. There is a very small totie-mask-and-ring decoration on the front of the vessel and a strap handle with a totie-mask shaped top, both alluding to the bronze prototypes of these wares. There are lines of... [Lire la suite]

21 février 2017

Early Bronzes at Shanxi Provincial Museum

Dragon-Shaped Gong, Shang Dynasty, 16th - 11th century BC © Shanxi Provincial Museum This Shang dynasty gong is shaped, as usual, like a dragon with bottle horns; its body, however, is elongated compared to other examples. The object is a wine container, made beautiful by the bronze-caster's art. A close up of the dragon's head, and rubbings of the reliefs on the dragon's body, are shown at left. The top of the dragons's body is a lid, that is lifted by the raised knob that can be seen in the photo. This knob could also be... [Lire la suite]
29 janvier 2017

Perforated Disk (Bi) with Relief Spirals, China, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 481-221 B.C.

Perforated Disk (Bi) with Relief Spirals, China, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 481-221 B.C. Abraded jade. Diameter: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Carl Holmes (M.70.76.6). Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
29 janvier 2017

Perforated Disk (Bi) with Unfinished Relief Spirals, China, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period

Perforated Disk (Bi) with Unfinished Relief Spirals, China, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, or early Western Han dynasty, about 481-100 B.C. Abraded jade. Diameter: 6 in. (15.24 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Carl Holmes (M.70.76.5). Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
13 janvier 2017

A rare engraved bronze circular mirror, the mirror Warring States period, the engraved decoration possibly of later date

Lot 1408. A rare engraved bronze circular mirror, the mirror Warring States period, the engraved decoration possibly of later date. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 4,375 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012. Thinly cast, the back cast in intaglio with a design of continuous stylized flower scroll issuing from a circular medallion in the center, with finely stippled details, all within a geometric border below the slightly upturned rim, pierced with two holes for... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2016

Two bronze circular mirrors, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC 

Lot 1133. Two bronze circular mirrors, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC. Price Realised USD 15,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2013 The larger has a central square with small leaves or feathers at the corners from which extend rope-twist garlands suspending leaf and feather pendants that separate the four large shan characters reserved on a feather-hook ground; the smaller also has a small central square with birds standing at the corners between zigzag lozenge motifs, all of which are reserved on... [Lire la suite]

26 août 2016

A fine and rare gold cast ornamental plaque, Warring States Period (481 BC-403 BC)

Lot 6003. A fine and rare gold cast ornamental plaque, Warring States Period (481 BC-403 BC). Estimate US$ 30,000 - 50,000 (€27,000 - 44,000). Photo: Bonhams. Intricately cast and detailed, the plaque centered with a pair of intertwined creatures with scaly bodies supported on two hollow struts rising out of further intertwined bodies issuing composite heads or groups of heads on eight other hollow struts, the reverse showing concave surfaces to the intertwined bodies and circular openings to the struts. 3/4 x 2 3/4... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2016

A large and rare gold, turquoise and agate-inlaid iron fish-form fitting, Warring States

Lot 16. A large and rare gold, turquoise and agate-inlaid iron fish-form fitting, Warring States. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's naturalistically modeled, the upper surface of the fish detailed with gilt over-lapping scales, the head inlaid with gold leaf between the fins and turquoise at the eye, with a large agate ring looped over the upturned fin, the underside with a large circular knob, extensively corroded, wood stand, Japanese wood box (4) - Length 14 1/4... [Lire la suite]
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27 juin 2016

Sélection de bronzes antiques vendues chez Christie's, Art d'Asie, les 21 et 22 juin 2016

Lot 376. Deux rares et importants vases rituels en bronze, gu, Chine, fin de la dynastie Shang, XIIIème-XIème siècle av.JC. Estimation €60,000 - €80,000 ($68,062 - $90,749). Prix réalisé €199,500 ($58,567). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. Each of slender form, the trumpet-shaped neck is finely cast with four blades of cicada type above a narrow band of four angular snakes with hooked tails. The center section is decorated with two taotie masks divided and separated by narrow flanges, the... [Lire la suite]
24 mars 2016

A large calcified pale green jade 'dragon' plaque Warring States Period

Lot 24, A large calcified pale green jade 'dragon' plaque, Warring States Period. Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 300,000 (€23,000 - 35,000). Photo: Bonhams. The flattened plaque decorated with a pair of stylisedchi dragon, their long bodies with pierced scrolling limbs surrounding an oval panel carved with a pointed end and a large central circular aperture, the stone of a pale green tone with chalky white inclusions. 12.6cm (5in) long Notes: With constant warfare as a central part of life during the Zhou... [Lire la suite]