21 janvier 2020

A bronze 'hill' censer and cover, boshanlu, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220)

Lot 1495. A bronze 'hill' censer and cover, boshanlu, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220); 7½ in. (19 cm.) high. Estimate 15,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013.  The censer rises from the center of an integral dish with everted rim, and is raised on a stem foot cast on the base with foliate scroll reserved on a hatchured ground. The hemispherical bowl is encircled by a raised band, and the conical cover is cast in openwork as mountains, the lower peaks cast in... [Lire la suite]

21 janvier 2020

An unusual bronze ritual cylindrical tripod wine container, cover and tray, wen jiu zun and pan, Late Eastern Han dynasty

Lot 1494. An unusual bronze ritual cylindrical tripod wine container, cover and tray, wen jiu zun and pan, Late Eastern Han dynasty, 3rd century BC; Vessel and cover 8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) high, tray 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm.) diam. Estimate 15,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The tripod container has a pair of mask and loose ring handles, and is raised on three stylized bear supports. The sides are encircled by a bowstring band separating two... [Lire la suite]
21 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual wine vessel, bianhu, Han dynasty, 2nd century BC-AD 2nd century

Lot 1480. A bronze ritual wine vessel, bianhu, Han dynasty, 2nd century BC-AD 2nd century; 11 in. (28 cm.) wide. Estimate 2,000 - USD 4,000. Price realised USD 4,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The flattened oval body is raised on a spreading rectangular foot, and the curve of the sides is accentuated by shallow recessed panels that flank the pair of loops applied to the narrow sides. The slightly domed cover has a deep inner rim and a loop in the center. There is mottled pale olive-brown and... [Lire la suite]
21 janvier 2020

A bronze pedestal censer and openwork cover, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220)

Lot 1247. A bronze pedestal censer and openwork cover, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220); 8¼ in. (21 cm.) high. Estimate 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 15,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The deep globular bowl is encircled by a raised band bisected by a bow string, and is raised on a stem foot cast in relief on top with three lively dragons. The domed cover is cast in openwork with scrolling clouds below a bird finial standing atop a whorl motif within a ribbed border. Together with a... [Lire la suite]
21 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel and cover, tilianhu, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220)

Lot 1247. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel and cover, tilianhu, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220); 8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high with handle. Estimate 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 21,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The broad pear-shaped body is raised on three cabriole legs and has a pair of loop handles on the shoulder which suspend loose rings that are attached to links suspended from the dragon-head terminals of the yoke handle. The slightly domed cover has a flat, pierced finial. There is... [Lire la suite]
21 janvier 2020

A bronze censer and openwork cover, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220)

Lot 1246. A small bronze censer and openwork cover, Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220); 8¼ in. (21 cm.) high. Estimate 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 8,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The globular bowl is cast with a lower band of cross-hatched pattern, and is raised on a stem foot cast in low relief on top with animals amidst mountains. The domed cover is cast in openwork with cloud scroll below a phoenix standing on a whorl motif bordered by a ribbed band. Provenance: Kinpei Takeuchi... [Lire la suite]

21 janvier 2020

A pair of small bronze openwork braziers and ear cups, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220)

Lot 1235. A pair of small bronze openwork braziers and ear cups, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220); The braziers 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) long, the ear cups 5¼ in. (13.4 cm.) wide. Estimate 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The upper, oval section of each brazier has openwork sides cast with the animals of the Four Directions, below four tab supports that rise from the rim to support the ear cups. The tapering rectangular lower section is raised on four crouching human... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A small bronze ritual wine vessel, hu, Warring States period, 4th-3th century BC

Lot 1250. A small bronze ritual wine vessel, hu, Warring States period, 4th-3th century BC; 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high. Estimate 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The pear-shaped body and spreading foot are flat-cast with bands of scroll-filled, triangular zigzag pattern set within narrow scroll borders which are repeated on the neck at the base of a band of upright triangular blades filled with scrolls. There is a pair of mask handles suspending loose rings on the... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A rare bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Late Western-Early Eastern Zhou dynasty, 8th-6th century BC

Lot 1244. A rare bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, fangyi, Late Western-Early Eastern Zhou dynasty, 8th-6th century BC; 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high. Estimate 300,000 - USD 500,000. Price realised USD 363,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Of rectangular section, the vessel is cast in low relief on each side with a taotie mask set between a pair of confronted birds above and a pair of addorsed dragons below. All of the decoration is reserved on a leiwen ground and centered on notched... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A rare large bronze bell, bo zhong, late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC

Lot 1244. A rare large bronze bell, bo zhong, late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC; 24¼ in. (61.6 cm.) high. Estimate 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 81,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Of lenticular section, the bell is unusually cast in thread relief with with rows of interlaced, angular serpent scroll alternating with rows of raised bosses cast with whorl motifs flanking a plain panel on both sides. The dragon scroll is repeated in the gu panel below, on the flat top,... [Lire la suite]