09 mars 2017

A rare bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, Late Shang dynasty (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC)

Lot 596. A rare bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, Late Shang dynasty  (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC). Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. rising from a splayed foot to an everted rim, the central section cast in relief with two taotie masks with bulging eyes on a leiwen ground divided by narrow flanges between double bowstring bands, the interior with a three-character inscription, the dark brownish-green patina with some light malachite encrustation, wood stand,... [Lire la suite]

20 février 2017

A bronze ram-form yoke ornament, circa 5th-4th century BC

Lot 820. A bronze ram-form yoke ornament, circa 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The fitting is hollow cast either as a ram or an ibex shown standing atop two pierced flanges. 2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm.) high Provenance: Sotheby’s New York, 29 November 1989, lot 280.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida. Note: A similar ornament is illustrated by E.C. Bunker et al., Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M.... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A bronze ibex ornament, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 819. A bronze ibex ornament, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 1,500 - USD 2,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The ornament is heavily cast as a recumbent ibex with backward-turned head, and a horizontal attachment loop is on the reverse. There is extensive malachite encrustation. 2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) high Provenance: Sotheby's London, 10-11 December 1992, lot 318.The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida. Literature: E. C. Bunker, et al., "Animal Style" Art from East to West,... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A very rare and important bronze horse harness frontlet, Northwest China, 6th century BC

Lot 818. A very rare and important bronze horse harness frontlet, Northwest China, 6th century BC. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The harness fitting is well cast in relief as a stylized bovine head with a broad nose below deep, curved grooves that frame the almond-shaped eyes and lead to the small heart-shaped ears below the upswept horns that curve outward at the tips. Two horizontal attachment loops are next to each other in the center of the plain reverse. The front has... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2017

A pair of bronze tiger-shaped ornaments, circa 5th-3rd century BC

Lot 817. A pair of bronze tiger-shaped ornaments, circa 5th-3rd century BC. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each is cast as a tiger with a partially devoured rabbit dangling from its jaws, and a rabbit head forms the tip of the tail. The eye, ear, fanged jaws and paws are delineated by openings and D-shaped openings in the body refer to the stripes of the hide. Each has two slender vertical straps for attachment on the reverse. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) wide Provenance: J. J. Lally... [Lire la suite]
18 février 2017

A bronze bow-shaped fitting with jingles, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 813. A bronze bow-shaped fitting with jingles, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The fitting has a faceted, sharply arched arm at each end that terminates in a globular jingle pierced with four slits that encloses a loose ball, and the bowed top is well cast with two stylized cicadas flanking a central nippled boss. 14 in. (35.6 cm.) long, wood stand Provenance: Fred C. Snider, St. Petersburg, Florida; Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York,... [Lire la suite]

18 février 2017

A bronze dagger with rattle, 12th-11th Century BC

Lot 812. A bronze dagger with rattle, 12th-11th Century BC. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The tapering blade has a raised midrib on each side that extends from the tip through the plain guard, and the curved hilt is cast with a central band of diamond decoration set between horizontal linear borders, all below a small attachment loop and an eight-strap openwork rattle with convex cap. The blackish surface has a smooth polish. 10 ½ in. (26.6 cm.) long Provenance: The... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, and a bronze ritual wine ladle, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1046-771 BC)

Lot 810. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, and a bronze ritual wine ladle, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1046-771 BC). Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The you is cast in high relief around the shoulder with two taotie masks flanked by two long-tailed birds, their tails terminating at loops to which are attached the animal head-surmounted ends of the arched handle. The cover is also cast with a band of birds flanking simplified masks between raised tabs at the... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A bronze pole finial, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th Century BC

Lot 808. A bronze pole finial, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th Century BC. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The upper section is cast in relief on both sides with a taotie mask flanked by ears below a pair of large up-curved horns, and the conical lower section is flat cast with simplified taotie masks. The bronze has a smooth, mottled olive-green patina and traces of cinnabar. 4 ¼ in. (11 cm.) high, stand Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 11... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A pair of bronze dragon-head terminals, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 807. A pair of bronze dragon-head terminals, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each is heavily cast as a bottle-horn dragon head, the tops of the horns with whorl motifs. 2 in. (5.1 cm.) high Provenance: The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1982. Christie's. The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art, 16 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center