21 avril 2013

A rare bronze animal and vine mirror, China, Tang dynasty (618-907)

A rare bronze animal and vine mirror, China, Tang dynasty (618-907). Photo Nagel Auktionen probably 2nd half of the Tang period, the thinly cast and silvery shiny mirror has as central knob to pull through a suspension cord a long, crouching lion-like animal surrounded by six marten-like slender animals amid scrolling vines, but no fruiting grapevines like the following and typical so-called "lion and grapevine" densely decorated mirror with many grapes, animals and insects. The plain cavetto and specular side show a... [Lire la suite]
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17 mars 2013

A bronze 'Four Animals' mirror, Han Dynasty

A bronze 'Four Animals' mirror, Han Dynasty - Sotheby's the pierced knop surrounded by a flowerhead and enclosed within rope-twist borders, the main field cast with the animals of the four directions divided by bosses: the green dragon (qinglong) representing the east, the red bird (zhuqiao), the south, the white tiger (baihu), the west, and the snake-coiled turtle (yuanwu), the north, the design all enclosed by the heavily cast raised rim, the silvery patina with patches of green and brown... [Lire la suite]
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17 mars 2013

A bronze 'Animals' mirror, Han Dynasty

A bronze 'Animals' mirror, Han Dynasty - Sotheby's the pierced hemispherical boss encircled by a raised scroll band, the outer field in linear relief with six different animals, each alternating with a nipple centered on a scalloped medallion, the wide raised rim encircled with a toothed band and stylized bird motifs. Diameter 4 5/8  in., 11.6 cm. Estimation: 6,000 - 8,000 USD PROVENANCE: Collection of Gale R. Blosser (1913-2009), acquired S. & G. Gump Co., San Francisco, California, 21st... [Lire la suite]
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17 mars 2013

A bronze 'Star Cluster' mirror, Han Dynasty

A bronze 'Star Cluster' mirror, Han Dynasty - Sotheby's the recessed field of sixteen-point star outline, with four equidistant bosses, each the center of a stylized floret set between constellation motifs with three bosses issuing from grooved lines, the upright knob formed by a further cluster of pointed nipples within a rope-twist border, some light-green encrustation on the silvery-gray patina. Diameter 4 1/4  in., 10.7 cm. Estimation: 5,000 - 7,000 USD PROVENANCE: Collection of Gale R.... [Lire la suite]
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17 mars 2013

Two bronze cast mirrors, Persia, 12th-13th ct

Two bronze cast mirrors, Persia, 12th-13th ct. Photo Nagel one depicting two mythical creatures framed by kufic inscription, one depicting two scaled fishes. Greenish patina, one mirror partially encrusted and with undefinite relief. D. 10,5 cm. Estimate 300 € Nagel. March 19th 2013. http://www.auction.de
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26 février 2013

A bronze 'Immortals' mirror, Han dynasty

A bronze 'Immortals' mirror, Han dynasty - photo Sotheby's the central hemispherical boss encircled by a row of nipples, the main field cast in high relief with Xi Wangmu (Queen Mother of the West), seated opposite her consort, Dong Wanggong (King of the East), each resting on a cushion flanked by attendants, divided by two chariots pulled by three horses galloping and four bosses in dotted rings, the raised rim with a stylized bird and animal border, the silvery-gray patina with green and brown encrustation, Japanese wood box... [Lire la suite]
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26 février 2013

A bronze 'Dragon and Tiger' mirror, Han dynasty

A bronze 'Dragon and Tiger' mirror, Han dynasty - Photo Sotheby's the central boss encircled by two dragons and a tiger, the innermost convex band bearing an archaic inscription in light relief, the outer of short radial lines, the rim with a ring of dog-tooth and raised lines, the silvery-gray patina with patches of light brown encrustation, Japanese wood box (4); Diameter 4 in., 10.1 cm. Estimation: 2,000 - 3,000 USD  PROVENANCE: Kitayama Fine Arts, Tokyo, acquired in the 1970s. ... [Lire la suite]
26 février 2013

A bronze 'Cao Ye' mirror, Han dynasty

A bronze 'Cao Ye' mirror, Han dynasty - photo Sotheby's the domed boss enclosed by four trefoils extending to the corners of a square border cast with eight characters reading jian ri zhi ming, chang le wei ying(Seeing the light of the sun, brings everlasting joy), surrounded by a ring with four bosses alternating with stylized tree motifs and trefoils with concave leaves, all set within a raised scalloped border around the rim, the silvery-gray patina with patches of green encrustation, Japanese wood box... [Lire la suite]
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26 février 2013

A bronze 'Star Cluster' mirror, Han dynasty - Sotheby's

A bronze 'Star Cluster' mirror, Han dynasty - photo Sotheby's the recessed field of sixteen point star outline, with four equidistant bosses, each the center of a stylized floret set between constellation motifs with nine bosses issuing from grooved lines, the center of matching star outline encircling the upright knob formed by a further cluster of pointed bosses within a rope-twist border, some light-green encrustation on the silvery-gray patina, Japanese wood box (5); Diameter 6 1/4  in., 15.7... [Lire la suite]
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26 février 2013

A bronze 'dragon' mirror, Warring States period

A bronze 'dragon' mirror, Warring States period - Photo Sotheby's  thinly cast with a plain, high-ridged rim, the grooved central loop enclosed by a circular concave band, between threads of twisted rope pattern, comprising four interlaced dragons, each overlapping the nearest scroll of its neighbor, smooth black and silvery gray patina, Japanese wood box (4); Diameter 5 3/8  in., 13.6 cm. ESTIMATION 2,000-3,000 USD PROVENANCE: Mayuyama & Co., Ltd, Tokyo, acquired between 1960-1969. ... [Lire la suite]


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