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 archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Late dynasty (1600-1100 BC)

Lot 193. A fine archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Late dynasty (1600-1100 BC); 19.5cm high. Estimate HK$300,000 - 400,000. Sold for HK$ 375,000 (€ 44,483). 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 overall with an attractive rich... [Lire la suite]
28 avril 2020

A green jade dragon-shaped slit ring, jue, Western Zhou Dynasty (1050-771 BC)

Lot 6. A green jade dragon-shaped slit ring, jue, Western Zhou Dynasty (1050-771 BC); 11.5cm (4 1/2in) wide. Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 80,000. Sold for HK$ 375,000 (€ 44,587). Photo: Bonhams. Depicting a dragon chasing after its tail, the flattened body with a series of curvilinear grooves and ridged teeth, the pale green stone with calcification. Bonhams. THE SZE YUAN TANG COLLECTION OF CHINESE JADES, Hong Kong, 5 April 2016
04 avril 2020

A small bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Early Shang dynasty, Erligang period, circa 1600-1500 BC

Lot 2033. A small bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Early Shang dynasty, Erligang period, circa 1600-1500 BC; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price Realized USD 20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  Of lenticular section, the lower body has a rounded profile and a flat bottom raised on three slender blade-shaped supports that have a median ridge and curve slightly outwards at the ends. The mid-section is cast with three bow-string bands on one... [Lire la suite]
29 mars 2020

A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Early to Middle Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 2021. A bronze ritual tripod wine vessel, jue, Early to Middle Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC; 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. Price Realized USD 23,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The deep body is raised on three blade-shaped legs and is cast in relief around the upper body with a narrow band of two taotie masks, one centered on a single graph cast below the loop handle, which is surmounted by a bovine mask. A pair of... [Lire la suite]
26 mars 2020

An unusual bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, late Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 2017. An unusual bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, late Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 9 in. (22.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price Realized USD 112,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The deep body is raised on three tall blade-form supports, and the sides are finely cast with two taotie masks formed by pairs of addorsed birds facing and separated by narrow flanges. One mask is flanked by small descending birds and centered on a further flange,... [Lire la suite]

26 mars 2020

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

Lot 2008. A bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 8 1/8 in. (20.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 11,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.  The deep body is raised on three tall blade-form supports and is cast on the sides with three bow-string bands interrupted under the handle by a two-character inscription, bing ding. A pair of posts with conical caps rises from the rim either side of the long spout. The bronze has a... [Lire la suite]
27 février 2020

A rare aubergine-glazed ritual vessel, jue, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 101. A rare aubergine-glazed ritual vessel, jue, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795); 11.9cm., 4 3/4 in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 7,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the vessel with a pair of thin capped posts surmounting the deep 'U'-shaped body, on three cylindrical legs, covered in a thick aubergine coloured glaze, the exterior base with an incised seal mark. Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 11 november 2015
24 février 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC)

Lot 65. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC); 20.3cm., 8in. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Lot sold 21,250 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped body rising from three blade legs to a pointed rim opposite a long spout flanked by a pair of posts, cast around the body with  two raised filets and set to one side with a loop handle issuing from an animal mask, traces of a pictogram visible beneath the handle, the metal with a... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2020

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC)

Lot 61. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC); 17.5cm., 6 7/8 in. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 9,375 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped body rising from three tall blade legs to a pointed rim opposite a long channelled spout flanked by a pair of posts, the body cast with three  filets and set to one side with a simple loop handle, the metal patinated to a dark gunmetal grey with mottled malachite encrustation. ... [Lire la suite]