02 décembre 2022

A bronze 'tiger' ferrule, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475-221 BC)

Lot 142. A bronze 'tiger' ferrule, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475-221 BC); 9.2 cm. Lot sold: 2,268,000 HKD (Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 modelled as a ferocious feline with open jaws, together with its front legs tightly grasping the robe-twist border, the muscular haunches terminating in sharp-clawed paws, the thick tail slightly coiling at the end, the body decorated overall with well-defined stripes enhanced by C-scrolls, the... [Lire la suite]

28 novembre 2022

A bronze 'feline' handle, Zhou dynasty

Lot 124. A bronze 'feline' handle, Zhou dynasty (1050-221 BC); h. 12.7 cm, overall h. 16.7 cm. Lot sold: 403,200 HKD (Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 originally affixed to the exterior of a vessel and clambering up over the rim, the animal rendered with a sinuous scaly body with a plain band running along the spine, terminating in a long upcurled tail, its head straining forward, depicted with prominent circular eyes, large pointed ears, a broad... [Lire la suite]
13 novembre 2022

Bronze divine beast, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC)

Bronze divine beast, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC). Height 48 cm, length 47 cm, width 27 cm. Excavated from the Xujialing Chu tomb, Xichuan, Henan, 1990. Collection of the Henan Museum. The entire vessel is composed of three similarly depicted divine beasts. The larger one has a dragon's head with six serpentine dragons as horns, a tiger's body, and a tortoise's foot, with its mouth open and its teeth sharpened. On the spine is a foot-deformed divine beast, also with a dragon's head and a... [Lire la suite]
11 novembre 2022

"Women's Good" bronze Fang Zun, Shang Wang Wuding Period

"Women's Good" bronze Fang Zun, Shang Wang Wuding Period. Height 43 cm, mouth length 35.5 cm, width 33 cm. Unearthed from the tomb of Fuhao in Yin Ruins, Anyang, Henan in 1976. Henan Museum Collection. Fang Zun has an extravagant mouth, a bound neck, shoulders, a straight belly, high feet, four dragon heads on all sides of the shoulders, and four standing birds on the four corners. The whole body of the vessel has a thunder pattern as the ground, the neck is decorated with banana leaf patterns, and the belly and feet are decorated... [Lire la suite]
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11 novembre 2022

Bronze square tripod, Early Shang Dynasty (about 1600 BC - 1400 BC)

Bronze square tripod, Early Shang Dynasty (about 1600 BC - 1400 BC)0 The overall height is 86.5 cm, and the mouth length is 61 cm. Unearthed in Zhangzhai South Street, Zhengzhou, Henan in 1974. Henan Museum Collection. The mouth of the tripod is rectangular, with a pair of arched ears on the top, a deep abdomen, a slightly introverted abdominal wall, a flat bottom, and four hollow cylindrical feet with upper thickness and lower thickness. A set of single-line animal face patterns is cast on each of the four sides and four... [Lire la suite]
09 novembre 2022

Discover the natural wonders of the world & its ancient civilizations: Hindman to present a cabinet of curiosities

Courtesy Hindman. CHICAGO, IL.- Step into a cabinet of curiosities this November 10th with Hindman’s Ancient Art & Natural History: A Cabinet of Curiosities auction. Highlighting the auction is a rare and completely preserved iridescent ammonite fossil from 75 million years ago. Fast forwarding in history to another monumental moment, the auction concludes with the manual used by NASA to put a man on the moon in 1966. Presented alongside these items are works from ancient civilizations that reveal a better... [Lire la suite]

06 novembre 2022

A bronze bird fitting, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Lot 18. A bronze bird fitting, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD); 12.3cm (4 7/8in) wide x 7.3cm (2 7/8in) high. (2). Sold for 892.50 € (Estimate 300-500 €). Photo Fabrice Gousset. Well cast as a bird with open wings and curved beak, the wings and chest pierced with small hoops for attachment. Provenance: Robert Rousset, Paris (1901-1981).Jean-Pierre Rousset, Paris (1936-2021). Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris. The Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset Collection of Asian Art: A Century of Collecting - Part... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2022

A rare bronze square 'Buddha and bodhisattvas' decorated plaque, 12th-14th century

Lot 40. A rare bronze square 'Buddha and bodhisattvas' decorated plaque, 12th-14th century; 17.8cm (7in) x 16cm (6 1/4in). Estimate 20 000 € - 30 000 €. Sold for €60,855. Courtesy Bonhams. The surface incised on one side with three large figures, the central Buddha figure flanked by two Bodhisattvas, one holding a lotus bloom extending over the right shoulder, wearing crowns and voluminous flowing robes, tied with sashes and cascading in elaborate folds, each standing upon a lotus petal base, the reverse... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2022

Bronze mirrors from the Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset Collection at Bonhams-Cornette de Saint-Cyr

Lot 37. A silvered bronze circular 'mythical beasts' mirror, 14.2cm (5.5/8in) diam.; and a bronze 'bosses' mirror, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), 10.2cm (4in) diam. Estimate 1 000 € - 1 500 €. Sold for €1,402.50. Courtesy Bonhams. Comprising a silvered bronze circular mirror, finely cast with striding spirit beasts alternating with four bosses, within narrow geometric pattern and inscribed bands, 14.2cm (5.5/8in) diam.; and a small bronze mirror cast in high relief with a central floral... [Lire la suite]
16 octobre 2022

A bronze rider on a chimera, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung. Lot 22. A bronze rider on a chimera, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD); h. 16.9 cm. Lot sold: 1,512,000 HKD (Estimate: 800,000 - 1,200,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022 the rider depicted with long rabbit ears, thick lips, almond-shaped eyes framed by bushy brows and a bulbous nose, his hair neatly combed and detailed with striation, balancing a cylinder on the top of his head, his slim body bare save for a wide belt,... [Lire la suite]