06 avril 2020

A very large bronze archaistic vessel, gong, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 2039. A very large bronze archaistic vessel, gong, Qing dynasty (1644-1911); 20 in. (51 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price Realized USD 443,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The shape of this unusual, hollow vessel was inspired by late Shang dynasty bronze gong or animal-form zun. The upper body is of rounded ewer shape and cast in high relief on two sides with pairs of confronted phoenixes below an elephant and two birds on the neck, at the... [Lire la suite]
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06 avril 2020

A rare bronze openwork taotie mask fitting, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th century

Lot 2041. A rare bronze openwork taotie mask fitting, Northern Wei dynasty, 5th century; 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 10,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The fitting is cast as a taotie mask with curved fangs, a beak-form nose above a curved hook, bulging eyes and a pair of pricked ears which flank a central openwork area formed by a figure standing with arms akimbo on the back legs of two confronted dragons. There... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2038. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price Realized USD 40,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The deep body is raised on three blade-shaped supports and has a flat-cast band of two taotie masks with rounded eyes on the sides. One mask is centered by a narrow flange, the other by a blank space beneath the strap handle. A pair of D-shaped posts with... [Lire la suite]
06 avril 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2037. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 12 5/8 in. (32 cm.) high. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price Realized USD 185,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The trumpet-shaped neck is cast in relief with blades filled with inverted and elongated taotie masks above a narrow band of serpents, and the center section with two taotie masks divided and separated by notched flanges, which are repeated on the... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2020

A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2036. A bronze ritual tripod food vessel, ding, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price Realized USD 845,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The deep, rounded body is raised on three columnar supports cast with blades, and is cast around the sides with a band of blades centered by cicadas on a leiwen ground pendent from a band of pairs of dragons confronted on notched flanges... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2035. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 11¾ in. (30 cm.) high. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price Realized USD 62,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The trumpet-shaped neck is cast in low relief with leiwen-filled blades rising from a band of serpents with hatchured bodies, and the middle section with two taotie masks divided and separated by notched flanges, which are repeated on the spreading foot where they... [Lire la suite]

04 avril 2020

A rare large bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jia Late Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 2034. A rare large bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jia Late Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 11¾ in. (29.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price Realized USD 149,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The vessel is raised on three tapering blade supports and is flat-cast on the body and the base of the flared neck with bands of taotie masks with rounded eyes centered on narrow flanges. A loop handle projects from one side, and a pair of capped... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2020

A small bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Early Shang dynasty, Erligang period, circa 1600-1500 BC

Lot 2033. A small bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Early Shang dynasty, Erligang period, circa 1600-1500 BC; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price Realized USD 20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  Of lenticular section, the lower body has a rounded profile and a flat bottom raised on three slender blade-shaped supports that have a median ridge and curve slightly outwards at the ends. The mid-section is cast with three bow-string bands on one... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2020

A rare bronze 'double horse' yoke ornament, northwest China, Inner Mongolia, 5th-4th century BC

Lot 2031. A rare bronze 'double horse' yoke ornament, northwest China, Inner Mongolia, 5th-4th century BC; 3¼ in. (8.2 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 6,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The ornament is in the shape of a pair of hollow-cast horses standing on two horizontal bars and joined by a bar that spans the back of their necks. They have circular, cut-out eyes, a circular opening in the front of the muzzle, upright ears and long tails with... [Lire la suite]
04 avril 2020

A bronze openwork rectangular plaque, Northwest China, 2nd-1st century BC

Lot 2029. A bronze openwork rectangular plaque, Northwest China, 2nd-1st century BC; 4¾ and 3 3/8 in. (12.2 and 8.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 3,500 - USD 5,500. Price Realized USD 12,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The plaque is cast with two addorsed ibex with outward-facing heads cast in high relief, their arching horns entwined in the leaves of the trees beneath which they stand. The reverse is slightly concave. There is a brown patina and green encrustation. Together... [Lire la suite]