21 mars 2019

An extremely rare pair of massive luduan-form bronze censers, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 720. An extremely rare pair of massive luduan-form bronze censers, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 31 in., 78.7 cm. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 USD. Lot sold 740,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each cast with a rotund beast standing on a serpentine dragon, the sinuous body coiling into a ring-form base, the tail flicking the luduan's hindquarters and the head slithering up the beast's chest, the luduan with a nearly spherical torso supported on four... [Lire la suite]

04 mars 2019

A rare and large bronze and green-glazed pottery ‘Money tree’, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st-3nd century AD

  Lot 1605. A rare and large bronze and green-glazed pottery ‘Money tree’, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st-3nd century AD;48 in. (122 cm.) high. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The green-glazed reddish pottery base is molded in the form of two beasts crouching on top of one another, supporting a cylinder into which fits the slender trunk of the bronze tree, which is fitted with four tiers of flat openwork plaques forming the main branches emanating from the central rod. The branches... [Lire la suite]
04 mars 2019

A rare and finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 1604. A rare and finely cast bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC; 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 1,500,000 - USD 2,500,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Provenance: Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954) Collection, Springfield, Massachusetts. The Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1962.Christie's New York, 21-22 March 2013, lot 1126. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Bidwell on the porch of their home at 16 Ridgewood... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2019

A large pair of bronze dvarapala gate guardians, Ming dynasty

Lot 264. A large pair of  bronze dvarapala gate guardians, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Height 34 in., 86.4 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 617,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. crisply cast and powerfully sculpted, each figure bearing a fierce expression, arms raised with hands gripped, impressively clad in interlocked armor trailing flowing sashes, standing firmly with legs slightly apart, the feet cast with pegs for insertion, with wood stands... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2019

A bronze ritual pouring vessel, yi, Western Zhou dynasty, 9th-8th century BC

Lot 364. A bronze ritual pouring vessel, yi, Western Zhou dynasty, 9th-8th century BC; 13 in. (33 cm.) long. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 30,000. Price Realized: USD 116,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008. Raised on four flat legs ending in claws, the forelegs cast at the top with dragon masks while the back forelegs are cast at the top as haunches, as if the four legs together represent a complete animal, the side horizontally ribbed below a band of scales flat-cast below the rim, with a loop handle formed by... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A bronze dagger, ge, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 353. A bronze dagger, ge, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 12 in. (30.4 cm.) long. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price Realized USD 5,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The hilt cast as a stylized bird in profile, with clawed foot, upturned tail, hooked beak and crest ending in an animal head, the blade with median ridge extending the entire length, with greenish-grey patina and patches of malachite, cuprite and azurite encrustation. Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs.... [Lire la suite]

23 février 2019

A well-cast bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC 

Lot 352. A well-cast bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price Realized USD 32,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The deep U-shaped body raised on three blade supports and crisply cast in thread relief with two taotie masks reserved on a leiwen band, one confronted on a shallow flange, the other on the C-shaped handle, the rim rising to a peak opposite the long spout... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 351. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 10 5/8 in. (27.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price Realized USD 32,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The flared trumpet-shaped neck with four upright blades flat cast with inverted and elongated taotie masks above a narrow scroll band, the middle section with two taotiemasks divided and separated by notched flanges repeated on the spreading foot between four dragons with large... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 348. A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 10 13/16 in. (27.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 30,000. Price Realized USD 52,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The trumpet-shaped neck flat cast with a band of upright blades rising from a narrow band of spirals, above two taotie masks with small boss eyes centered on narrow flanges on the rounded center section, the spreading foot cast with a narrow band of S-shaped serpents above a wide... [Lire la suite]
23 février 2019

An early bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, jue, Early Shang dynasty, Erligang phase, 16th century BC 

Lot 347. An early bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, jue, Early Shang dynasty, Erligang phase, 16th century BC; 7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price Realized USD 13,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Thinly cast and raised on three slender blade supports, with elliptical domed body below a band of cast decoration on the upper body, consisting of a taotie mask on one side and two abstract dragons on the reverse confronted on the thin loop handle, the rim... [Lire la suite]