18 mai 2020

Chinese Archaic Bronzes from the Franco Marinotti Collection at Bonhams, 14 May 2015

Coming from a small city in Italy, the extraordinary journey of Franco Marinotti (1891-1966) began in a textile company near Milan (the Filatura Cascami Seta) at the beginning of the 20th century, where he made his way up to the prominent position of managing the Warsaw and Moscow branches. This enriching experience and strong commercial relationships developed in Russia allowed him to launch his own company in 1921, the CICE - Compagnia Industriale Commercio Estero, and have continuous business... [Lire la suite]

04 mai 2020

A fine and rare archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC)

Lot 196. A fine and rare archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC); 23.8cm wide. Estimate HK$500,000 - 800,000. Sold for HK$ 625,000 (€ 74,139). Photo: Bonhams. Raised on three blade-shaped feet, the exterior finely cast in low relief on each side with a taotie mask divided by low vertical flanges, with a pictogram cast beneath the curved handle, surmounted by a pair of capped posts with whorl motifs between the spout and tip, the vessel encrusted... [Lire la suite]
28 avril 2020

A white jade ceremonial blade, gui, Shang Dynasty or later

Lot 9. A white jade ceremonial blade, gui, Shang Dynasty or later; 21.1cm (8 1/4in) long. Estimate HK$ 200,000-300,000. Sold for HK$ 2,680,000 (€ 318,653). Photo: Bonhams. With sides flared towards the cutting edge, decorated on one side with an incised taotie mask and a bird on the other, below a large hole drilled above six concentric ridges, the top of the butt end carved with a pair of square notches at each side, each notch detailed with cicadas and drilled with two smaller holes, the... [Lire la suite]
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26 avril 2020

A spinach-green jade incense burner and cover, gui, 18th-19th century

Lot 39. A spinach-green jade incense burner and cover, gui, 18th-19th century; 16.4cm (6 1/2in) wide. Estimate HK$ 60,000-80,000. Sold for HK$ 125,000 (€ 14,933). Photo: Bonhams. The deep rounded body raised on a spreading foot, with a pair of archaic mythical beast mask handles on each side, intricately carved in shallow relief with taotie masks amidst ruyi scrolls, and six evenly-spaced short vertical flanges below the mouth rim, the domed cover with a further band... [Lire la suite]
15 avril 2020

A rare archaic bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty

Lot 56. A rare archaic bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty; 24.8cm (9 3/4in) wide. Estimate £ 8,000-12,000. Sold for £ 27,500 (€ 31,469). Courtesy Bonhams.  The compressed globular vessel with flaring rim raised on a tall stepped foot, cast with a narrow band containing four sets of intricate taotie masks formed with raised eyes and asymmetric scrolls, bisected by animal masks to each side and flanked by a pair of loop handles with pendants issuing from ox heads, the foot... [Lire la suite]
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13 avril 2020

A small cloisonné enamel archaistic platformed vessel and cover, gui, Qianlong four-character mark and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 4021. A small cloisonné enamel archaistic platformed vessel and cover, gui, Qianlong cast four-character mark within double-squares and of the period (1736-1795); 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) high. Estimate 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000. Price realised HKD 1,220,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012. The vessel is of compressed globular form, colourfully decorated with a pair of taotie masks between two friezes of kui dragons. The sides applied with a pair of loop... [Lire la suite]

26 mars 2020

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, circa 1200-1100 BC

Lot 2015. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, circa 1200-1100 BC; 10 5/8 in. (27.3 cm.) wide with handles. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price Realized USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The bowl has an S-curved profile and is cast with a band of four pairs of dragons with linear details and a row of quills confronted on small animal masks cast in relief on two sides and on the horned animal heads that surmount the loop handles, which... [Lire la suite]
06 mars 2020

A bronze food vessel and cover, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC)

Lot 2071. A bronze food vessel and cover, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC); 12 1/4 in. (31.3 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 350,000 - HKD 450,000. Price realised HKD 800,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010 The compressed body with four concave horizontal ribs below a border containing curled dragons, repeated on the cover, applied with a pair of animal mask in high relief issuing ring handles, the patina with green and blue encrustations, stand, box. Provenance:... [Lire la suite]
21 février 2020

A fine bronze ritual food vessel (gui), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th - 10th century BC

Lot 154. A fine bronze ritual food vessel (gui), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th - 10th century BC. Length 11 1/2  in., 29.2 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 175,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped sides flaring slightly at the mouth, cast with a taotie mask with large C-shaped horns and a bovine head in high relief on each side, the vessel flanked by a pair of loop handles each issuing from a bovine mask and terminating in a hooked... [Lire la suite]
14 février 2020

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 1247. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC; 10½ in. (26.7 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 194,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 The deep body of slight S-profile raised on a slightly spreading foot encircled by a band of alternating stars and whorls reserved on a leiwen ground, a similar band repeated below the everted rim centered on two sides with a small animal mask above a bow-string border, the pair of... [Lire la suite]