15 novembre 2020

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

Lot 137. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Western Zhou Dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC);Width across handles 35 cm, 13¾ in. Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 GBP. Lot sold: 201,600 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's. of large size, the wide rounded body raised on a tall splayed foot, crisply cast in relief on each side with a pair of prominent confronted birds, each with flamboyant plumed crests, with raised eyes and heads turned back towards a high plumed tail circling their bodies, all on a ground... [Lire la suite]

17 octobre 2020

A rare bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 10th-9th century BC

Lot 1508. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 10th-9th century BC; 9 ¼ in. (23.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The body is raised on three slender legs and tapers towards the everted rim and is cast with a band of plain, vertically arranged "quills" reserved on a leiwen ground filled with black matrix. One side of the interior is cast with a five-character inscription reading Bo X zuo bao yi, that... [Lire la suite]
17 octobre 2020

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 1505. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 10 ½ in. (26.6 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 100,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020. The body is cast below the rim with a narrow band of dragons centered on either side by an animal mask in relief and interrupted by handles that issue from animal heads and are cast on the sides with intaglio scrolls above the pendent, hooked tabs. The foot is encircled by a similar dragon band... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2020

A large archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC

Lot 74. A large archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; h. 35.5 cm, 14 in. Estimate: 3,500,000 - 4,000,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deep U-shaped body cast below the everted rim and a pair of upright loop handles with a single wide register of three taotie masks bisected by flanges, and comprised of a pair of protuberant eyes and hooked ribbons cast with C-scrolls indicating horns and jaws, all above three slightly tapered legs, each with a further taotie mask... [Lire la suite]
06 octobre 2020

A rare archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Shang dynasty, 12th century BC

Lot 41. A rare archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Shang dynasty, 12th century BC; 20.4 cm, 8 in. Estimate: 1,000,000 - 1,500,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,260,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the exterior cast and inlaid in black with friezes of cicadas and pendent blades, all supported on three splayed flat legs cast with dragons, the interior with an inscription possibly reading ya chou, Japanese wood box. Provenance: Acquired in Japan prior to World War II. Christie's New York,... [Lire la suite]
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]