27 février 2022

Three rare gold offering coins, Northern Song dynasty (AD 960-1127)

Lot 762. Three rare gold offering coins, Northern Song dynasty (AD 960-1127). Estimate USD 12,000 – USD 18,000. Price realised USD 201,600. © Christie's 2022 Each coin with a square aperture is cast on one side with two Buddhist figures, and on the reverse with four characters reading Chunhua yuan bao (Ingots of Chunhua). Each coin bears a number (either one yi, two er, or four si), on the top edge. Provenance: Galaxie Art (B. K. Wong), Hong Kong, 1984. Note: Chunhua... [Lire la suite]
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21 février 2022

Gold waist belt decoration, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC)

Gold waist belt decoration, Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC). 12 Pieces of Varied Sizes, Overall Weight 433.25 g. Excavated at tomb M2001, Guo state tombs, Sanmenxia Henan Province. 1990. Courtesy Henan Museum. This belt features seven round parts, one rectangular part, three in the shape of beast masks, and one in the shape of a triangular openwork beast mask. When excavated, these decorations were found on the waist area of the corpse within the coffin. They were likely decorative objects hung from the belt.
23 octobre 2021

A gold stem cup, Tang Dynasty or later

Lot 7. A gold foliate stem cup, Tang Dynasty or later; 4.5cm (1 3/4in) high. Sold for HK$177,500 (Estimate HKD140,000 - 180,000/US$18,000 - 23,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 With shallow lobbed sides rising from a tall spreading stem foot with a raised ring to a flared rim, the sides fully decorated with grape leaves by cloisons, inlaid stones to the leaves missing, the interior of the cup decorated with a makara in repoussé, box.    Note: Gold stem cups with cloisons might be influenced by... [Lire la suite]
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11 juin 2021

A pair of gold phoenix hairpins, fengchai, Liao Dynasty

Lot 2. A pair of gold phoenix hairpins, fengchai, Liao Dynasty; 13.3cm (5 1/4in) long. Sold for HK$ 31,875 (€ 3,368). © Bonhams Each bird with uplifted wings and long tail plumage, standing on a flower-head platform issuing from a curving stem splitting into two prongs through a rolled leaf with indented detail. Note: Some decorative designs on gold jewellery during the Song and Yuan dynasties were inspired by known paintings or embroidery work; see related discussion by Z.S.Yang, Shehuazhise: Song Yuan Ming jinyinqi yanjiu (The... [Lire la suite]
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15 mai 2021

A Gold Sword Pommel, Warring States Period, 475-221 B.C.

Lot 3437. A Gold Sword Pommel, Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.). L 9cm. Estimate HKD 250,000 - 350,000 (USD 32,051 - 44,872). Sold Price: HKD 540,000 (USD 69,231). Copyright 2021 © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited Provenance: An important Hong Kong private collection. Literature: Han Wei and Christian Deydier, Ancient Chinese Gold, Les Editions d'Art et d'Histoire, Paris, 2001, pp. 33-34. Exhibited and Literature: Christian Deydier: Oriental Bronzes Ltd., 20th Anniversary... [Lire la suite]
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15 mai 2021

Three Gold ‘Dragon’ Discs, Warring States Period, 475-221 B.C.

Lot 3437. Three Gold ‘Dragon’ Discs, Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.). L 7.8cm 48g; L 7.2cm 46g; L 5.7cm 24g. Estimate HKD 300,000 - 400,000 (USD 38,462 - 51,282). Sold Price: HKD 540,000 (USD 69,231). Copyright 2021 © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited Provenance: 1. Eskenazi, London2. Christian Deydier, Oriental Bronzes Ltd., Paris3. An important European private collection. Literature: Eskenazi, Early Chinese art:"8"th century BC-9th century AD, London, 6 June - 8 July 1995, no. 1-2.... [Lire la suite]
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25 avril 2021

A Gold Open-Carved ‘Chilong’ Box And Cover, Song Dynasty, 960-1279

Lot 3062. A Gold Open-Carved ‘Chilong’ Box And Cover, Song Dynasty, 960-1279. D 11.8cm. Estimate HKD 120,000 - 160,000 (USD 15,385 - 20,513). Sold Price: HKD 144,000 (USD 18,462). Copyright 2021 © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited Provenance : An important Hong Kong private collection. Exhibited and Literature: Imperial Gold from Ancient China Part II, Christian Deydier: Oriental Bronzes Ltd., London, 1991, no.8. Poly Auctions. Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 21 April 2021
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06 octobre 2020

An Egyptian gold snake bracelet, Ptolemaic to Roman period, circa 2nd century B.C.-1st century A.D

Lot 85. An Egyptian gold snake bracelet, Ptolemaic to Roman period, circa 2nd century B.C.-1st century A.D.; 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm.) diameter. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Provenance: Maurice Bouvier (1901-1981), Alexandria and Switzerland, acquired and brought to Switzerland by 1959; thence by descent.Maurice Bouvier (1901-1981) Collection; Archéologie & Arts d’Orient, Artcurial, Paris, 15 May 2019, lot 103. Literature: M. Page-Gasser and A.B. Wiese,... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2020

A Bactrian gold beaker, circa late 3rd-early 2nd millennium B.C.

Lot 2. A Bactrian gold beaker, circa late 3rd-early 2nd millennium B.C.; 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Provenance: Acquired by the father of the current owner, U.S., by 1992; thence by descent. Note: This elegant beaker is raised from a single sheet of hammered gold. It is funnel-shaped, on a flat, splayed base, with a wide rim off-set by a ridge in relief on the exterior. The form is exactly matched by a pair now in Kuwait, see pp. 60-61 in... [Lire la suite]
24 septembre 2020

A pair of gold 'double-gourd' earrings, erhuan, Ming dynasty style

Lot 349. A pair of gold 'double-gourd' earrings, erhuan, Ming dynasty style; 3/4in (1.9cm) high excluding pin (2). Sold for US$ 1,912 (€ 1,635). © Bonhams 2001-2020 The two rounded sections separated by a small, pearled ring at its waist, and hammered into eight panels to the side walls, each framing chased scrolling patterns, the base of the gourd decorated with a cash design, the top capped by a lotus leaf with a long S-shaped stem cleverly serving as the pin. Note: The double-gourd motif carries many... [Lire la suite]
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