29 août 2015

Bright Moon on Dressing Table: Bronze Mirrors through the Ages from the Collection of Hunan Provincial Museum

 Bronze mirror had always been regarded as a daily-use article to put up make-up or dress up all the way through the late Neolithic Period to Ming and Qing Dynasties. Blended with our forefathers’ aesthetic affection and delicately made, these bronze mirrors, with their gorgeous patterns and solemn inscriptions, add luster to Chinese cultural history. Among which, Bronze Mirror with Seven Point Star from Neolithic Period brings the wind of brilliant ancient civilization; Bronze Mirror with Dragon Design from Warring States... [Lire la suite]

09 mai 2015

A circular bronze mirror, Warring States Period

A circular bronze mirror, Warring States Period. Estimate £2,000 - 3,000 (€2,700 - 4,100). Photo: Bonhams. The mirror back cast with three stylised dragons in mutual pursuit on a lozenge and diaper ground, the central loop boss surrounded with channel. 18.8cm (4/8in) diam Provenance: Collection of Henri Geene (d.1950) and thence by descent. Note: For a comparable mirror cast with three lozenge-bodied dragons, Warring States 3rd century BC, see Ju-hsi Chou,Circles of Reflection: The Carter Collection of... [Lire la suite]
02 mai 2015

Jade and glass cicadas, Han Dynasty from the Tsuneichi Inoue Collection at Sotheby's, 13 may 2015

A study group of jade and glass cicadas, Han Dynasty. Estimate 2,500 — 3,000 GBP (3,391 - 4,070 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. comprising: a jade cicada and two glass cicadas; together with a glass dragon ornament, Warring States period, Japanese wood boxes. Quantité: 7. The largest: 5.5cm., 2 1/4 in. Provenance: The jade and glass cicadas: Mayuyama & Co. Ltd., Tokyo. Exhibition: The jade and glass cicadas: Tokubetu tenkan toyo kodai galasu... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2015

The beauty of jade Warring States Period and Han Dynasty jades on view at Throckmorton Fine Art

The 75 archaic small-scale Chinese jade carvings on view are nothing less than sculptures, works of art remarkable not just for their extraordinary workmanship but also because they embody the vast and complex field of Chinese cosmology and mythology. NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art is presenting an important exhibition of ancient Chinese jade created during the first high age in their development, from CA 475 BCE during the Warring States era, to 220 CE, the 2nd century BC, under the Early Han Dynasty, from March 5th to April... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2015

A rare cast bronze finial, dingshi, Warring States period

A rare cast bronze finial, dingshi, Warring States period. Estimate US$ 8,000 - 12,000 (€7,100 - 11,000). Photo: Bonhams. Formed as a mythical bird in a resting pose, the finial delicately decorated with naturalistic wings, scales and feathers and a projecting axe-head form tail balanced by a broad beak extending from the head adorned with stylized ears/horns, all supported by the elegantly curved legs ending in splayed claws and a slightly tapering socket with an aperture for mounting, the surface with natural... [Lire la suite]
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24 février 2015

A rare silver-inlaid bronze finial, dingshi, Warring States period

A rare silver-inlaid bronze finial, dingshi, Warring States period. Estimate US$ 12,000 - 15,000 (€11,000 - 13,000). Photo: Bonhams. Cast in the shape of a gracefully recumbent bird, its head turned back, the elegantly curved beak resting on the body, the bronze finial inlaid in silver with a geometric pattern that articulates the animal's plumage, all above an integral socket pierced with a hole for attachment, the finial with scattered, green encrustation. 1 7/16in (3.5cm) x 2 3/4 (7cm) ... [Lire la suite]

23 juillet 2014

Pendant in the form of a disk (yuan) with raised knobs, 475-221 B.C.E., Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, Jade

Pendant in the form of a disk (yuan) with raised knobs, 475-221 B.C.E., Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, Jade (nephrite), W: 8.2 cm, China, Purchase F1948.12 © 2014 Smithsonian Institution
17 juin 2014

Chinese bronze mirrors from the Collection of Axel Lagrelius (1863‑1944) at Uppsala Auktion, 13 june 2014.

A Chinese bronze circular mirror, Han dynasty. Photo courtesy Uppsala Auktion. The small fluted loop framed by a band of interlinked archaic scrolls, with a steely patina and large patches of dark green encrustation. Diameter: 7.5 cm. Estimate: SEK 3.000 - 4.000 (EUR 330 - 440). Hammer price: SEK 3.600 Provenance: Axel Lagrelius (1863‑1944). Thence by descent. Translation from Lagrelius’s original collection catalogue;No. 31: Small, very thin mirror. The main decoration of c-shaped interlinked scrolls. The ground... [Lire la suite]
25 mai 2014

An archaic bronze mirror, a silver inlaid belthook and a painted pottery vase, hu, Han Dynasty and Warring States Period

An archaic bronze mirror, a silver inlaid belthook and a painted pottery vase, hu, Han Dynasty and Warring States Period. Photo Sotheby's the archaic bronze mirror thinly and finely cast on one side with a small loop handle encircled by geometric shapes and mythical beasts; the belthook inlaid with geometric patterns along the arched shaft, the tip shaped as a mythical beast's head; the earthenware vase with a compressed globular body rising up to a waisted neck and an everted rim, the body decorated in black, red, blue... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2014

A black and red painted lacquer 'Ear cup', Warring States Period

A black and red painted lacquer 'Ear cup', Warring States Period. Photo Sotheby's of elliptical form, with deep rounded sides supported on a flat base, flanked by a pair of 'butterfly-wing' shaped ears set at a low angle, the exterior, ears and interior rim lacquered in black with red-painted specks on the handles and rim and stylized bird’s heads on the interior mouth, the interior lacquered in red; 17.6 cm., 6 7/8 in. Estimation 40,000 — 60,000 HKD Exposition: 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer. Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong... [Lire la suite]