17 juin 2014

Chinese bronze mirrors from the Collection of Axel Lagrelius (1863‑1944) at Uppsala Auktion, 13 june 2014.

A Chinese bronze circular mirror, Han dynasty. Photo courtesy Uppsala Auktion. The small fluted loop framed by a band of interlinked archaic scrolls, with a steely patina and large patches of dark green encrustation. Diameter: 7.5 cm. Estimate: SEK 3.000 - 4.000 (EUR 330 - 440). Hammer price: SEK 3.600 Provenance: Axel Lagrelius (1863‑1944). Thence by descent. Translation from Lagrelius’s original collection catalogue;No. 31: Small, very thin mirror. The main decoration of c-shaped interlinked scrolls. The ground... [Lire la suite]

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

Lot 210. A bronze 'Bird and Flower' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty. Diameter 4 1/2 in., 11.3 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 5,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's 2014 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.  Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York,... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze octalobed 'Flower and Fruit' mirror, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Lot 209. A bronze octalobed 'Flower and Fruit' mirror, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Width 7 in., 17.7 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 USD. Lot sold 15,000 USD. 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.  Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Note: A bronze mirror with almost... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Sea Beasts and Grapes' mirror, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Lot 208. A bronze 'Sea Beasts and Grapes' mirror, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Diameter 7 in., 17.7 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 56,250 USD. 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.  Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Exposition: Uragami Sokyu-do Co., Ltd.,... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Phoenix and Horse' mirror, Tang Dynasty

Lot 205. A bronze 'Phoenix and Horse' mirror, Tang Dynasty. Diameter 4 5/8 in., 11.6 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 18,750 USD. 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.  Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 18 march 2014

11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Immortals' octalobed mirror, Tang Dynasty

Lot 204. A bronze 'Immortals' octalobed mirror, Tang Dynasty. Width 4 1/2 in., 11.4 cm. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Unsold. 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.  Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART. 18 MARS 2014 - 19 MARS 2014.... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Baoxianghua' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty

Lot 203. A bronze 'Baoxianghua' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty. Width 9 3/4 in., 23.7 cm. Estimation 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Unsold. 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.  Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART.... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

A bronze 'Baoxianghua' octafoil mirror, Tang Dynasty

Lot 202. A bronze 'Baoxianghua' octafoil mirror, Tang DynastyWidth 7 1/2 in., 19 cm. Estimation 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Unsold. . 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.  Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980, by repute. Sotheby's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2014

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

Lot 201. A bronze 'Sea Beasts, Dragons and Grapes' mirror, Tang Dynasty. Diameter 6 5/8 in., 16.7 cm. Estimation 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Unsold. 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.  Provenance: Old Japanese collection, acquired in... [Lire la suite]