22 mars 2019

An extremely rare set of seven archaic bronze ritual bells (zhong), Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC)

Lot 663. An extremely rare set of seven archaic bronze ritual bells (zhong), Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC). Height of tallest 17 1/4  in., 43.8 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot sold 325,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each bell of pointed oval section with the two sides rising up in an arc, set on each side with rows of evenly distributed bosses, divided by two horizontal bands of stylized bird motifs and one vertical band enclosing a nine-character inscription... [Lire la suite]

26 octobre 2016

Bell (Zhong), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), early 5th century B.C.

Bell (Zhong), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.), early 5th century B.C. Bronze. H. 15 in. (38.3 cm); W. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm); Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber through the Live Oak Foundation, 1988, 1988.20.7. © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Sets of bells were an important aspect of Zhou bronze production. They were used in musical accompaniment for ritual ceremonies and for less solemn occasions.... [Lire la suite]
18 mai 2015

A rare white-glazed bell, Zhong, Incised Xuande six-character mark, 17th-18th century

A rare white-glazed bell, Zhong, Incised Xuande six-character mark, 17th-18th century. Sold for £8,750 (€12,134). Photo Bonhams The ovoid bell applied with a double scrolling yoke, moulded to each side with an archaistic taotie mask bisected by columns supporting ruyi-heads, above a band of evenly distributed bagua symbols, the eight trigrams in Daoist cosmology, all between two key-fret bands bordering the shoulder and the gently flaring rim, stand. 20.4cm (8in) high(2). Provenance: a distinguished European... [Lire la suite]
24 septembre 2011

A Selection of the Rende Zhai (House of Benevolent Learning) Collection of Archaistic Vessels

The Rende Zhai (House of Benevolent Learning) Collection of ceramics and works of art was carefully assembled by Dr. Olaf K. Skinsnes (1917-1997) from 1949 through the 1970s. Dr. Skinsnes was born in Henan in 1917 to parents who were medical missionaries, and after having been raised in China, moved to his parents' original home in the midwestern United States to attend university. It was during this time that he became increasingly dismayed at his fellow American's limited knowledge of China. Dr. Skinsnes not only deeply loved China,... [Lire la suite]
05 septembre 2009

"Silk and Bamboo: Music and Art of China" @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Seated Musician, Tang dynasty (618–906), China. Marble. H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm), W. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm), D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2006 (2006.156) The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present an exhibition celebrating the musical heritage of China – one of the oldest continuously documented traditions with roots reaching back more than 8,000 years – beginning September 5. Featuring some 60 objects and illustrations – drawn largely from the Museum's collections of Asian art and musical instruments –... [Lire la suite]