04 septembre 2021

Western Zhou Dynasty Ritual Bronzes at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 26 August 2021

Lot 1035. A bronze chariot fitting, Western Zhou dynasty (1046 - 771 BC); h. 24.5 cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 40,000 HKD. Lot sold: 189,000 HKD  (C) 2021 Sotheby's Provenance: Collection of Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), acquired prior to 1978.Christie's New York, 18th March 2009, lot 212 (USD8,125).  Literature: Jessica Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIA, Washington D.C., 1990, p. 82, fig. 112. Lot... [Lire la suite]

22 mars 2019

An extremely rare set of seven archaic bronze ritual bells (zhong), Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC)

Lot 663. An extremely rare set of seven archaic bronze ritual bells (zhong), Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC). Height of tallest 17 1/4  in., 43.8 cm. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 USD. Lot sold 325,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each bell of pointed oval section with the two sides rising up in an arc, set on each side with rows of evenly distributed bosses, divided by two horizontal bands of stylized bird motifs and one vertical band enclosing a nine-character inscription... [Lire la suite]
06 mai 2018

A copper alloy ritual bell, Dong Son culture, Vietnam, circa 2nd century B.C.

Lot 35. A copper alloy ritual bell, Dong Son culture, Vietnam, circa 2nd century B.C. Height: 57 cm (22 ½ in). Diameter: 33 cm (13 in). Estimate HK$80,000 - 120,000. Sold for HK$ 50,000 (€ 5,321). © Bonhams 2001-2018 Provenance: Private Collection, California. Note: This cast bronze bell has a flared mouth and no clapper; none of this class of object has been found with a clapper. It has a high, narrow body surmounted by a bowl like a handle. The whole is decorated with vertical rows of... [Lire la suite]
07 juillet 2017

The Ringling Presents Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Celestial horse, Han dynasty, 1st-2nd century CE. Bronze, 44 7/8 x 34 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (113.98 x 87.63 x 36.83 cm). Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton, 2002.45. Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art. © Ringling Museum Sarasota, FL. - Demonstrating a continuing interest and commitment to the study of Asian Art, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art presentsEternal Offerings, which showcases nearly 100 Chinese bronze objects from the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Mia’s Asian art collection... [Lire la suite]
29 août 2015

A rare and important Imperial gilt-bronze ritual bell (bianzhong), Qianlong mark and period, 1743

      A rare and important Imperial gilt-bronze ritual bell (bianzhong), Qianlong mark and period, dated to the eighth year, corresponding to 1743. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. finely-cast, the cylindrical form boldly surmounted by a pair of addorsed five-clawed dragons each crisply cast with a finely scaled arched back, the horned head raised with mouth agape bearing fangs, and supported on powerful extended front claws, the gently convex sides cast in sharp... [Lire la suite]
24 août 2015

An Imperial Chinese gilt bronze ritual bell, bianzhong, Ming dynasty

An Imperial Chinese gilt bronze ritual bell, bianzhong, Ming dynasty. Estimate $200,000-300,000. © 2015 Freeman's. H: 11 in., 28cm; Weight: 26 lbs 12 oz., 12.13 kg  PROVENANCE: Property of a Virginia gentleman Purchased at a Virginia auction, 1980s; previously from the estate of a retired U.S. military officer.   Note: Bianzhong were assembled in graduated sets of sixteen. They are commonly used in ritual ceremonies and are suspended in two tiers of eight over tall and elaborate... [Lire la suite]
24 août 2015

An Imperial Chinese gilt bronze ritual bell, bianzhong, Ming dynasty

An Imperial Chinese gilt bronze ritual bell, bianzhong, Ming dynasty. Estimate $200,000-300,000. © 2015 Freeman's. H: 11 in., 28cm; Weight: 39 lbs 4 oz., 17.8 kg   PROVENANCE: Property of a Virginia gentleman Purchased at a Virginia auction, 1980s; previously from the estate of a retired U.S. military officer.  Note: Bianzhong were assembled in graduated sets of sixteen. They are commonly used in ritual ceremonies and are suspended in two tiers of eight over tall and elaborate wooden... [Lire la suite]