07 septembre 2021

Important Archaic Bronzes from the MacLean Collection at Sotheby's New York, 21 September 2021

To compile a collection of Chinese archaic bronzes as comprehensive and varied as that of Barry MacLean is a remarkable feat. It is weapons and tools made of bronze that define the Bronze Age – as against the Stone or the Iron Age – but the repertoire of ancient China’s bronze casters was vast. To showcase their ingenuity and inventiveness is clearly what Barry MacLean had in mind, when he assembled this group. The classic ritual vessels and bells that were used in the ancestral ceremonies of the Shang (c.1600-1046 BC) and Zhou... [Lire la suite]

08 octobre 2020

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jia, Mid-Shang dynasty, 13th century BC

Lot 1502. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jia, Mid-Shang dynasty, 13th century BC; 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 70,000 - USD 90,000. Price realised USD 137,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. Raised on three thick, blade-shaped legs, the vessel is flat-cast on the body and the base of the neck with bands of taotie masks formed by birds with quills, rounded eyes, hooked beaks and scroll-filled bodies centered on narrow flanges, the decoration enhanced by a black matrix in... [Lire la suite]
13 mai 2020

An archaic bronze ‘duck’ beaker, jia, Eastern Zhou dynasty

Lot 466. An archaic bronze ‘duck’ beaker, jia, Eastern Zhou dynasty; 15cm high. Estimate HK$60,000 - 80,000. Sold for HK$ 587,500 (€ 70,029). Courtesy Bonhams Cast in the form of an duck, the bird standing on two webbed feet and a cylindrical stand, the elongated neck curving upwards with a prominent beak, all ending in a fan-shaped tail. Note: See an almost identical excavated example dating to the Spring and Autumn period, unearthed in Jiangsu province in 1982, in the Zheiang Museum, Jiangsu province,... [Lire la suite]
13 mai 2020

An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, jia, Mid Shang dynasty

Lot 453. An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, jia, Mid Shang dynasty; 24.3cm high. Estimate HK$120,000 - 180,000. Sold for HK$ 687,500 (€ 81,949). Courtesy Bonhams The bulbous vessel standing on three splayed legs, the waisted neck cast with a band of keyfret scrolls within circular motifs, one side with a 'C'-shape-flattened handle in the form of a mythical beast issuing water from its mouth, ending with a thick rim at the top further surmounted by a pair of finials cast with sunken whorl motifs, the cover cast... [Lire la suite]
06 mars 2020

A large bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, jia, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 2069. A large bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, jia, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 450,000 - HKD 550,000. Price realised HKD 860,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010 The heavily cast body with three equal lobes rising from tall columnar legs and bordered with double bow-string bands to form a chevron pattern, with further double bow-string bands around the base of the trumpet neck interrupted by a bovine... [Lire la suite]
24 janvier 2020

A rare archaic bronze ritual tripod vessel (jia), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC

Lot 97. A rare archaic bronze ritual tripod vessel (jia), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC. Height 12 1/4 in., 31 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 170,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's the elegant waisted body with flared rim, supported on three hollow legs of tapering triangular section, crisply cast in linear relief with a two bands of three pairs of taotie composed of stylized hooks and angular scrolls with raised eyes, divided by flanges beneath... [Lire la suite]

18 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jia, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1221. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jia, late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 10 1/8 in. (26 cm.) high. Estimate 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 37,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vessel is raised on three tapering blade supports and is cast on the body and base of the flared neck with bands of taotie masks with raised eyes centered on slender flanges. A loop handle projects from one side, and a pair of capped posts cast with comma motifs rise from the rim. The bronze... [Lire la suite]
11 août 2019

Archaic Bronze sold at Christie's New York, 26 March 2010

Lot 1270. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou dynasty, late 11th-early 10th century BC; 10 in. (25.4 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 386,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. The sides well cast in relief on each side with two dragons confronted on a notched flange set atop a shield shape beneath an animal mask, each with coiled body, clawed foot and open jaws exposing protruding fangs below the backward-curved snout, reserved on a leiwen ground and... [Lire la suite]
25 février 2019

A large archaic bronze tripod wine vessel, jia, Shang Dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 504. A large archaic bronze tripod wine vessel, jia, Shang Dynasty, 13th-12th century BC. Overall height 14 3/8 in., 36.5 cm. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 276,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. supported on three tall blade legs, the cylindrical vessel rising to a flared mouth set with two upright posts capped with mushroom finials decorated with sun-whorls, the body crisply cast with two horizontal registers, each finely cast with pairs of low-relief taotie animal... [Lire la suite]
05 août 2017

A bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, jia, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC 

Lot 1516. A bronze tripod ritual wine vessel, jia, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC, 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 70,000 - USD 90,000. Price realised USD 182,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Raised on three slightly curved blade-form supports, the S-curved body cast with a band of elongated taotie masks centered on narrow flanges below a band of upright scroll-filled blades repeated on the sides of the waisted posts that rise from the rim, the tops of the posts with a... [Lire la suite]