18 janvier 2020

A small bronze ritual wine vessel, hu, Warring States period, 4th-3th century BC

Lot 1250. A small bronze ritual wine vessel, hu, Warring States period, 4th-3th century BC; 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The pear-shaped body and spreading foot are flat-cast with bands of scroll-filled, triangular zigzag pattern set within narrow scroll borders which are repeated on the neck at the base of a band of upright triangular blades filled with scrolls. There is a pair of mask handles suspending loose rings on the... [Lire la suite]

17 janvier 2020

A very rare bronze figural support, Warring States period, 5th-3rd century BC

Lot 1137. A very rare bronze figural support, Warring States period, 5th-3rd century BC; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 663,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The support is cast as a kneeling servant holding a cylindrical tube above a corresponding socket that rises from the square base, which is cast around the sides with a pattern of interlaced dragons. He is wearing a close-fitting robe secured by a belt into which is tucked a sheathed knife in... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A turquoise-inlaid and silver-decorated gilt-bronze openwork garment hook, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC

Lot 1132. A turquoise-inlaid and silver-decorated gilt-bronze openwork garment hook, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC; 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Cast in openwork at one end with the head of a dragon or canine, its long ears grasped in the forefeet of a creature with short beak and long ears that stretch back to the turquoise-inlaid, feather-patterned wings of an owl in the center, its foreclaws grasping... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, Warring States period, 5th century BC

Lot 1130. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel and cover, ding, Warring States period, 5th century BC & A grey pottery ding and cover, Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC); Bronze ding 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high; pottery ding 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 56,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The deep, globular body is raised on three cabriole legs and has two upright handles decorated with bands of angular... [Lire la suite]
10 août 2019

Chinese Gold from the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth at Christie's New York, 26 March 2010

Lot 1292. A rare gold funerary mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high, Wt. 103.3 g. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 146,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. Worked from thin gold sheet, with a decorative border stamped at the outer edge, the sheet crimped over the mouth, the nose, ears, eyes and brows which are incised with hair markings, as is a mustache above the mouth, with creases and wrinkles in the gold, the stamped design of the border also seen on two 'ribbons' attached to the... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2019

A large greyish-green jade dragon-form pendant, Warring States period, 4th century BC

Lot 1216. A large greyish-green jade dragon-form pendant, Warring States period, 4th century BC; 7½in. (19 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The pendant is carved in the form of a dragon with S-shaped body, its head with slit mouth and coiled snout, turned towards the arched back and curling, bifurcated tail. Each side is carved in low relief with comma spirals within plain borders. A small suspension hole is drilled from one... [Lire la suite]

04 août 2019

A rare small bronze ritual tripod steamer, yan, Warring States period, 5th century BC

Lot 996. A rare small bronze ritual tripod steamer, yan, Warring States period, 5th century BC; 8¼ in. (20.4 cm) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 75,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The upper section, zeng, is of bowl-shape and cast with three horizontal bands of S-shaped interlocking dragon scroll centered by a pair of bovine-mask and loose ring handles. The bottom of the interior is pierced with steam vents cut as slits arranged in a circular pattern. The lower... [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]
25 février 2019

A rare copper-inlaid archaic bronze wine vessel with gilt bosses, fanghu, Warring States period, 4th century BC

Lot 508. A rare copper-inlaid archaic bronze wine vessel with gilt bosses, fanghu, Warring States period, 4th century BC. Height 19 in., 48.2 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot sold 288,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. of square section, with a tall slightly flaring neck leading down to a swelling belly, cast overall with gilt-raised bosses reserved on a finely cast lozenge ground with a hooks-and-volutes pattern and inlaid with copper niello, each diamond separated by diagonal bands of... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2019

An unusual silver and copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel, hu, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC

Lot 365. An unusual silver and copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel, hu, Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC; 13 5/8 in. (34.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price Realized: USD 92,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008. Of flask form, the rounded faceted body raised on a shallow pedestal foot and decorated on the sides with two registers of recessed panels cast in low relief with interlaced scrolls surrounded by a plain silver ground within 'cord' borders, the shoulder with a pair of mask... [Lire la suite]