07 juin 2020

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

Lot 3180. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC, the inscription later; 11½ in. (29.2 cm.) wide across handles. Estimate $60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised $149,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015. The S-curved body is raised on a pedestal foot encircled by a band of four taotie masks formed by pairs of dragons confronted on narrow flanges, and is encircled below the everted rim with a band of four similar taotie masks, the... [Lire la suite]

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]
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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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]
21 février 2020

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

Lot 153. A fine bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 6 3/4  in., 17.1 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 100,000 USD. Lot sold 162,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's. the trilobed body supported on three columnar legs, each lobe centered with a taotie mask with protruding eyes, reserved on a dense leiwen ground, the lipped rim set with two upright loop handles, a later added two-character... [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]
27 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Middle Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 162. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Middle Western Zhou dynasty, 10th-9th century BC. Height 6 1/4 in., 16 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 62,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's the deep rounded sides rising to a pronounced everted lip and resting on three tapering columnar legs, the swelling body finely cast below the rim with a narrow band of three pairs of hook- beaked birds trailing long quills against a fine leiwen ground,  below a pair of... [Lire la suite]
24 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (yu), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC

Lot 95. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (yu), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC. Diameter 11 in., 27.9 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Lot sold 410,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's the deep U-shaped body with rounded sides rising to an everted rim, cast with a wide band of evenly spaced projecting bosses enclosed within a diamond trellis ground composed of elongated leiwen, surmounted by a narrow band of confronting dragons on a leiwen ground alternately... [Lire la suite]
18 janvier 2020

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, late Shang-early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 1227. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, late Shang-early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 9½ in. (24.2 cm.) across handles. Estimate 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The body, of S-curved profile, is raised on a pedestal foot encircled by a taotie band, and is cast in low relief with a band of vertical ribs below a band of alternating 'star' and whorl motifs centered on two sides by a small mask cast in relief, and interrupted on the other... [Lire la suite]