15 novembre 2020

A small bronze 'rhinoceros' water-dropper, Song dynasty or later

Lot 139. A small bronze 'rhinoceros' water-dropper, Song dynasty or later; Length 12 cm, 4¾ in. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 GBP. Lot sold: 4,788GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. standing four-square with horned head raised and looking forward, the tail curled around the left side of the hindquarters, the hollow body set with a cylindrical aperture in the middle of the back. Provenance: Acquired from Peter Wain, Shropshire, 2000. Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, 4 November 2020, Hong Kong ... [Lire la suite]

15 novembre 2020

A rare bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC)

Lot 137. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC);Width across handles 35 cm, 13¾ in. Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 GBP. Lot sold: 201,600 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. of large size, the wide rounded body raised on a tall splayed foot, crisply cast in relief on each side with a pair of prominent confronted birds, each with flamboyant plumed crests, with raised eyes and heads turned back towards a high plumed tail circling their bodies, all on a ground... [Lire la suite]
10 novembre 2020

A large and finely-cast inscribed bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 106. A large and finely-cast inscribed bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 15 ¾ in. (40 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 40,000. Price realised GBP 212,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020 The deity is cast seated in dhyanasana on a double lotus throne, the right hand raised in abhaya mudra, the gesture of teaching, and the left hand holding a cup. The figure has downcast eyes and hair upswept into a top knot surmounted by a flower bud beneath an... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2020

A finely cast bronze bell, bo, Late Spring and Autumn period, 6th–5th century BC

Lot 1513. A finely cast bronze bell, bo, Late Spring and  Autumn period, 6th–5th century BC; 8 7/8 in. (22 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 56,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The bo is cast on each side with alternating bands of bosses formed by coiled serpents and bands of dense scrolls on either side of a field of smilar scrolls, all above a section of stylized dragon scroll. The top is surmounted by an inverted U-shaped handle supported on a pair of... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2020

A rare bronze ritual wine vessel, hu, Spring and  Autumn period , Late 6th – Early 5th century BC

Lot 1512. A rare bronze ritual wine vessel, hu, Spring and  Autumn period , Late 6th – Early 5th century BC; 12 ¾ in. (32.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 562,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The vessel is raised on a ring foot cast in imitation of twisted rope, and has a globular lower body that tapers to a cylindrical neck angled to one side. The body and neck are cast with four bands of dense interlocking scroll pattern, and one side is set with an ear-shaped handle... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2020

Three bronze bells, zhong, Late Spring and  Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 1511. Three bronze bells, zhong, Late Spring and  Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC; 9 ¼ in. (23.5 cm.), 7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.), 7 1/8 (18 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 137,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. Each is finely cast with bands of bosses formed by coiled serpents above a broad taotie band and surmounted by an inverted U-shaped handle cast with cowrie shells emerging from the mouths of recumbent mythical beasts, stand. Provenance: Acquired in Hong... [Lire la suite]

17 octobre 2020

A pair of bronze ritual food vessels and covers, gui, Late Western Zhou dynasty-Early Spring and Autumn period, 8th-7th c. BC

Lot 1509. A pair of bronze ritual food vessels and covers, gui, Late Western Zhou dynasty-Early Spring and  Autumn period, 8th-7th century BC; 11 in. (28 cm.) wide across handles. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. Each vessel and cover is cast with bands of hooked scrolls and horizontal grooves. Each vessel is flanked by handles surmounted by dragon heads with large horns, and supported on three mask and paw feet. Each cover is cast inside the... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2020

A rare bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 1508. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 10th-9th century BC; 9 ¼ in. (23.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The body is raised on three slender legs and tapers towards the everted rim and is cast with a band of plain, vertically arranged "quills" reserved on a leiwen ground filled with black matrix. One side of the interior is cast with a five-character inscription reading Bo X zuo bao yi, that... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2020

A rare bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Mid-Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 1507. A rare bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Mid-Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC; 8 in. (20.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 68,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The body is raised on three blade-shaped legs and is cast with a band of whorl roundels and leiwen. An inscription reading zi X (Son X) is cast on one of the posts that rise from the rim. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1992. Note: The rare decoration of whorl... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2020

A rare bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Mid-Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 1506. A rare bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Mid-Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC; 7 ¾ in. (19.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 81,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The vessel is raised on three blade-shaped legs and is cast with a band of whorl roundels and leiwen. An inscription reading fu gui (Father Gui) is cast on one of the posts that rise from the rim. Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong, 1992. Note: The rare decoration of... [Lire la suite]