17 février 2017

A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, and a bronze ritual wine ladle, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1046-771 BC)

Lot 810. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, and a bronze ritual wine ladle, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1046-771 BC). Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The you is cast in high relief around the shoulder with two taotie masks flanked by two long-tailed birds, their tails terminating at loops to which are attached the animal head-surmounted ends of the arched handle. The cover is also cast with a band of birds flanking simplified masks between raised tabs at the... [Lire la suite]

17 février 2017

A bronze pole finial, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th Century BC

Lot 808. A bronze pole finial, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 12th-11th Century BC. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The upper section is cast in relief on both sides with a taotie mask flanked by ears below a pair of large up-curved horns, and the conical lower section is flat cast with simplified taotie masks. The bronze has a smooth, mottled olive-green patina and traces of cinnabar. 4 ¼ in. (11 cm.) high, stand Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 11... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A pair of bronze dragon-head terminals, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 807. A pair of bronze dragon-head terminals, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each is heavily cast as a bottle-horn dragon head, the tops of the horns with whorl motifs. 2 in. (5.1 cm.) high Provenance: The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1982. Christie's. The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art, 16 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center
18 janvier 2017

Bronze Jian Water Basin, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Late Spring & Autumn Period, ca. 500-450 BC

Bronze Jian Water Basin, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Late Spring & Autumn Period, ca. 500-450 BC. Diameter: 68 cm Height: 28 cm. Metallurgical Test report & X-ray, CIRAM. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. A jian is a type of ancient Chinese bronze ritual basin, used for water or ice. The densely patterned stylized decoration of interlaced mythical beasts in low relief, is divided into three horizontal bands. This type of stylized decoration is characteristic of this period.... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2017

Egyptian bronze of God Ptah, Third Intermediate Period – Saite Period, 1085 – 525 BC

  Egyptian bronze of God Ptah, Third Intermediate Period – Saite Period, 1085 – 525 BC. 22 cm H. J. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. Provenance: From private collection of a family from Cumbria, England. Spink & Son LTD, 1950 – 1960.  J. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art - Classical and Egyptian Antiquities. Consell de Cent 278, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
13 janvier 2017

A bronze circular mirror with animals and inscription, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220) 

Lot 1409. A bronze circular mirror with animals and inscription, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220). Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 20,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012. The large knob set within a square from which project four 'T' motifs positioned below a dragon, a bird, a tiger and a unicorn separated by four nipples, all encircled by an inscription, a hatchured band and a band of stylized animls, all below a band comprised of a bird, dragons and foliate scrolls issuing from a horn or... [Lire la suite]

13 janvier 2017

A rare engraved bronze circular mirror, the mirror Warring States period, the engraved decoration possibly of later date

Lot 1408. A rare engraved bronze circular mirror, the mirror Warring States period, the engraved decoration possibly of later date. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 4,375 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012. Thinly cast, the back cast in intaglio with a design of continuous stylized flower scroll issuing from a circular medallion in the center, with finely stippled details, all within a geometric border below the slightly upturned rim, pierced with two holes for... [Lire la suite]
13 janvier 2017

A large bronze circular 'bird' mirror, late Warring States period, 3rd century BC

Lot 1407. A large bronze circular 'bird' mirror, late Warring States period, 3rd century BC. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 9,375 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012. With triple-fluted loop surrounded by a patterned band repeated in the main field as the ground for three birds with scrolling interlocking bodies and long angular crests extending from the back of their heads, all within the upright rim, with dark silver-grey patina - 9 3/8 in. (23.7 cm.) diam., 5/16 in. (.7 cm.)... [Lire la suite]
13 janvier 2017

A bronze circular 'phoenix' mirror, late Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC

Lot 1405. A bronze circular 'phoenix' mirror, late Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 4,750 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012. The back with a small central knob set within a concave square border, the four phoenixes that stand on the corners alternating with four small long-tailed birds, each standing on an angular scroll, all reserved on a ground of coiled scrolls and granular pattern arranged in a grid of diamond-shaped lozenges, with silvery... [Lire la suite]
13 janvier 2017

A bronze circular 'phoenix' mirror, late Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC

Lot 1404. A bronze circular 'phoenix' mirror, late Warring States period, 4th-3rd century BC. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 3,750 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012.  Thinly cast, the back with a small central knob set within a concave square border, the four phoenixes standing on the corners alternating with four stylized birds shown as if seen from above, all reserved on a ground of angular scrolls filled with granulation and coiled scrolls - 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm.) diam.,... [Lire la suite]