16 novembre 2019

A very fine bronze 'mythical beast' water-pot, Silver-wire-inlaid Shisou mark, late Ming Dynasty

Lot 59.  A very fine bronze 'mythical beast' water-pot, Silver-wire-inlaid Shisou mark, late Ming Dynasty; 13cm (5 1/8in) long. Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000. Sold for £ 10,687 (€ 12,476). Photo: Bonhams.  The recumbent animal finely cast with almond-shaped eyes, small nostrils and gentle smile beneath a single short horn between two long ears, its head turned sharply overlooking the aperture on its rounded back, its tail sweeping over its right haunch, the slightly recessed base with silver-wire... [Lire la suite]

16 novembre 2019

A bronze 'ox' water dropper, Song-Ming Dynasty (960-1644)

Lot 57. A bronze 'ox' water dropper, Song-Ming Dynasty (960-1644); 8.5cm (3 3/8in) long. Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000. Sold for £ 3,562 (€ 4,158). Photo: Bonhams.  Cast as a recumbent ox with a hump above its neck, its head slightly lifted to form the spout, the legs neatly folded and tucked underneath the rounded body. Property from the Collection of John J. Studzinski, CBE. Provenance: John J. Studzinski, CBE. Published and Illustrated: Michael Goedhuis, Chinese and Japanese Bronzes AD. 1100-1900,... [Lire la suite]
15 novembre 2019

A bronze wine vessel, bianhu, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Lot 33.  A bronze wine vessel, bianhu, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD); 28cm (11in) high. Estimate £3,000 - 5,000. Sold for £ 5,687 (€ 6,640). Photo Bonhams. Of compressed oval form, set on a tapering foot, the sides with taotie mask and loose-ring handles, with recessed panels curving down the body.    Property from the Collection of John J. Studzinski, CBE Provenance: John J. Studzinski, C. Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 7 Nov 2019
15 novembre 2019

A bronze garlic-head vase, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Lot 32.  A bronze garlic-head vase, Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). 39.7cm (15 5/8in) high. Estimate £3,000 - 5,000. Sold for £ 5,062 (€ 5,911). Photo Bonhams. Of compressed globular form, with a long slender neck set with a single raised and stepped band, widening to a lobed garlic-head mouth, the surface a smooth brownish-green patina.    Property from the Collection of John J. Studzinski, CBE Provenance: John J. Studzinski, C. Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, London, 7 Nov 2019
26 octobre 2019

A bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Shang dynasty  (1600-1100 BC)

Lot 3. A bronze ritual wine vessel, Gu, Shang dynasty  (1600-1100 BC); 12 1/8 in. (30.7 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000 (USD 10,280 - USD 15,420). Price realised GBP 62,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019 The trumpet-form neck is cast with four leiwen-filled blades rising from a band of S-shaped serpents. The middle section and spreading foot are cast in high relief with the disconnected parts of a taotie mask reserved on a fine leiwen ground... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2019

A bronze ritual food vessel and cover, Ding, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 2. A bronze ritual food vessel and cover, Ding, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 8 1/8 in. (20.7 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000 (USD 38,550 - USD 64,250). Price realised GBP 250,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019 The tri-lobed body is raised on three columnar legs and is cast above each leg with a large taotie mask with rounded eyes, all reserved on a leiwen ground. A pair of inverted U-shaped handles rises from the rim. There is a later-added... [Lire la suite]

26 octobre 2019

A bronze ritual food vessel and cover, gui, Western Zhou dynasty (1100-771 BC)

Lot 1. A bronze ritual food vessel and cover, gui, Western Zhou dynasty (1100-771 BC); 12 ½ in. (31.8 cm.) wide, across the handles. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000 (USD 38,550 - USD 64,250). Price realised GBP 77,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019 The body is cast with horizontal grooves between a double band of stylised scale patterns to the rim and a lappet band to the foot and is flanked by two animal-head C-form handles. The vessel is supported on three claw-form feet with animal... [Lire la suite]
11 octobre 2019

A bronze votive figure of Maitreya, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534)

Lot 3627. A bronze votive figure of Maitreya, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534); 10.6 cm, 4 1/8  in. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 HKD (10,186 - 12,733 USD). Lot Sold 93,750 HKD (11,937 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. cast seated on a raised rectangular plinth, the figure with the right arm raised and the left lowered in abhayavarada, clad in long robes falling into cascading folds around the legs, the elongated face flanked by a pair of pendulous ears,... [Lire la suite]
17 septembre 2019

An unusual massive bronze archaistic basin, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 868. An unusual massive bronze archaistic basin, Qing dynasty (1644-1911); 42 in. (106.7 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 68,750. © Christie’s Images Limited 2019. The basin is heavily cast with a compressed globular body decorated in relief around the sides with a band of taotie mask-filled blades pendent from a band of large taotie masks on the shoulder, and is flanked by a pair of large dragon handles, all between a band of birds on the foot... [Lire la suite]
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15 septembre 2019

A very rare miniature bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 806. A very rare miniature bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 4 ½ in. (11.5 cm.) high with handle. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 495,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.  The pear-shaped body of oval section is raised on a foot encircled by a band of stylized dragons and is finely cast on each side with a large taotie mask formed by a pair of dragons confronted on a flange, their raised, hooked tails positioned above... [Lire la suite]