25 mai 2014

An archaic bronze mirror, a silver inlaid belthook and a painted pottery vase, hu, Han Dynasty and Warring States Period

An archaic bronze mirror, a silver inlaid belthook and a painted pottery vase, hu, Han Dynasty and Warring States Period. Photo Sotheby's the archaic bronze mirror thinly and finely cast on one side with a small loop handle encircled by geometric shapes and mythical beasts; the belthook inlaid with geometric patterns along the arched shaft, the tip shaped as a mythical beast's head; the earthenware vase with a compressed globular body rising up to a waisted neck and an everted rim, the body decorated in black, red, blue... [Lire la suite]

11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Bird and Flower' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze 'Bird and Flower' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's cast around the central pierced knob in relief with four birds in flight interspersed with floral sprigs, the raised edge with a further eight florets, the grayish-silvered surface with traces of green encrustation. Diameter 4 1/2 in., 11.3 cm. Estimation 5,000 — 8,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 18 MARS 2014 - 19 MARS 2014. NEW YORK - www.sothebys.com
11 mars 2014

A bronze octalobed 'Flower and Fruit' mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze octalobed 'Flower and Fruit' mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's the central knob surrounded by two fruiting sprays, each with a mass of berries growing on one branch, divided by a flowering spray with similar leaves, all within a raised rim, the silvery-gray patina with green and brown encrustation. Width 7 in., 17.7 cm. Estimation 15,000 — 25,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. A bronze mirror with almost identical decoration but with a darker patina is illustrated in Catalogue of... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Sea Beasts and Grapes' mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze 'Sea Beasts and Grapes' mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's cast in relief with a crouching sea beast knob encircled with grape vines and six further beasts, the outer field with beasts and birds among vine scrolls, all below a band of scrolls around the rim, with bright silver patina. Diameter 7 in., 17.7 cm. Estimation 30,000 — 50,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Exposition: Uragami Sokyu-do Co., Ltd., Bronze Mirrors from Sui to Tang Dynasty, Tokyo, 10th October 2010, cat. no. 25.... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Phoenix and Horse' mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze 'Phoenix and Horse' mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's the pierced central knob encircled by alternating flying phoenix and horses among clouds, the raised rim cast with further cloud scrolls, with patches of green encrustation. Diameter 4 5/8 in., 11.6 cm. Estimation 15,000 — 20,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 18 MARS 2014 - 19 MARS 2014. NEW YORK - www.sothebys.com
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Immortals' octalobed mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze 'Immortals' octalobed mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's the pierced central knop cast with four Immortals riding a phoenix, bird and mythical beasts, the raised border with alternate flower sprays and insects in flight, the silvered surface with small areas of green encrustation. Width 4 1/2 in., 11.4 cm. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 18 MARS 2014 - 19 MARS 2014. NEW YORK - www.sothebys.com


11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Baoxianghua' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze 'Baoxianghua' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's of large size, the central knob encircled by a garland of flowers and foliage, the outer field with eight floral bouquets corresponding to the eight-lobed rim enclosed by a raised band, the silvered surface with green and rust colored encrustation. Width 9 3/4 in., 23.7 cm. Estimation 40,000 — 60,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 18 MARS 2014 - 19 MARS 2014. NEW YORK -... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Baoxianghua' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze 'Baoxianghua' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's the pierced central knob cast as a floret and encircled by a garland of flowers, the outer field with eight floral bouquets corresponding to the eight-lobed rim, the raised band with further detached flowerheads, the silvered surface with traces of green encrustation. Width 7 1/2 in., 19 cm. Estimation 30,000 — 50,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 18 MARS 2014 - 19... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Sea Beasts, Dragons and Grapes' mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze 'Sea Beasts, Dragons and Grapes' mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's the central knob cast as a crouching beast surrounded by alternating beasts and dragons frolicking amidst scrolling grapevine, the outer field with further beasts and birds also amidst grapevine below a band of detached florets on the canted rim, with bright silvery-gray patina and green encrustation. Diameter 6 5/8 in., 16.7 cm. Estimation 100,000 — 150,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, acquired in the 1940s. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Spirits of the Four Directions' mirror, Tang Dynasty

A bronze 'Spirits of the Four Directions' mirror, Tang Dynasty. Photo Sotheby's the knob encircled by a narrow band of petals and stamen, encircled by the 'animals of the four directions', dragon, phoenix, tiger and a snake-coiled turtle, below a raised rim, the silvered surface with green encrustation. Diameter 4 7/8 in., 12.3 cm. Estimation 20,000 — 30,000 USD Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 18 MARS 2014 - 19 MARS 2014. NEW YORK -... [Lire la suite]


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