14 janvier 2018

A white-glazed ritual food vessel, fu, Incised mark and period of Guangxu (1875-1908)

Lot 3083. A white-glazed ritual food vessel, fu, Incised mark and period of Guangxu (1875-1908); width 29.5 cm., 11 5/8  in. Estimate 200,000 — 250,000 HKD. Lot sold 225,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013 of archaistic form and rectangular section, supported on a splayed base divided by arched openings forming four corner feet, the box with steep flaring sides moulded with zoomorphic archaistic mythical beasts and angular... [Lire la suite]

05 août 2017

A rare bronze ritual food vessel, yu, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century BC 

Lot 1518. A rare bronze ritual food vessel, yu, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century BC, 9½ in. (24 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 326,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 With deep rounded sides flaring very slightly towards the flat everted rim, finely flat-cast with a band of three taotie masks with convex pupils flanked by pairs of addorsed birds with backward-turned heads and curled tails, all reserved on a leiwen ground, raised on a slightly... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

The Ji Ran Gui. A bronze ritual food vessel, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

Lot 11. The Ji Ran Gui. A bronze ritual food vessel, Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC.Height 5 3/4  in., 14.6 cm; Width 10 3/4 in., 27.3 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 87,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the rounded sides decorated below the flared rim with a band of eight kui dragons, centered by an animal-mask in high relief on two sides and divided by two loop handles springing from animal heads with raised circular eyes, oblong ears and... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

The Zhong Zhi Fu Gui. An important bronze ritual food vessel, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th Century BC

Lot 8. The Zhong Zhi Fu Gui. An important bronze ritual food vessel, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th Century BC. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000. Lot sold 437,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the rounded body resting on a high splayed foot terminating with a straight foot ring, cast below the gently everted rim with a border of four pairs of confronted kui dragons with raised eyes, hooked jaws and flag-like tops, bisected by an animal-mask in high relief on two sides and interrupted by... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 1507. A bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Late Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BC, 9 in. (23 cm.) across handles. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 230,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012  The sides cast with a 'diamond and boss' band between borders of circles, below four pairs of quilled dragons centered on either a small mask on two sides or the bovine heads that surmount the C-scroll handles that terminate in hooked tabs and are cast with taotie masks, with a... [Lire la suite]
09 mars 2017

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC)

Lot 598. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty  (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC). Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the deep lobed bowl rising from three tall cylindrical legs to an everted rim, set to the top with a pair of upright loop handles, finely cast to the exterior with three intricate taotie masks with protruding eyes and horns divided by flanges against a dense leiwen ground, all below a band of cicada motifs,... [Lire la suite]

14 novembre 2016

3,000 years of Chinese Art celebrated at Bonhams Hong Kong sale

HONG KONG - Bonhams' Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale will be held in Hong Kong on 29 November. The sale will include works that once graced the Imperial Ming and Qing palaces. Many of the items come to the market for the first time in generations, having been held in important European, American and Asian private collections. One of the most significant collections, ranging from the Shang dynasty (c. 1600-1046 BCE) to the celebrated Qianlong reign in the Qing dynasty (1736-1795), was formed by a European collector with... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2016

A rare archaic bronze ritual food vessel, Shi yu, Late Shang dynasty

Lot 8094. A rare archaic bronze ritual food vessel, Shi yu, Late Shang dynasty. Estimate US$ 70,000 - 90,000 (€64,000 - 83,000). Photo Bonhams. The deep bowl finely cast with a band of raised studded bosses above a fine diamond diaper ground, beneath a border comprised of three evenly-spaced animal heads interspersed by archaistic dragon scrolls at neck, the gently splayed foot exhibiting a further three taotie reserved on a leiwen ground, the interior cast with an archaic character Shi. 9 3/4in... [Lire la suite]
11 juillet 2014

Bronze from Pre-dynastic China and the Shang Dynasty at Ashmolean Museum

Until about 4000 years ago, various peoples occupied the regions along the Yellow River and the Yangzi, and the east coast of modern China. The earliest documented dynasty was the Shang (around 1600-1050 BC), based in central north China. In this period society developed a religious system and written records. The material culture of the Shang dynasty is notable for its cast bronze ritual vessels. These are the only examples of early metalwork to be cast from piece moulds rather than assembled from sheets of beaten metal. Casting was... [Lire la suite]
04 février 2014

Archaic Bronzes and the Wu Dacheng Jijintu Scroll at Sotheby's, 18th march 2014

A Selection of Archaic Bronzes. Photo Sotheby's NEW YORK - Sotheby’s is delighted to present a group of significant archaic bronze vessels from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, together with a handscroll of rubbings taken from actual bronzes that were once in the collection of the celebrated collector Wu Dacheng (1835-1902). It is very rare for such a scroll to appear at auction, and several of the bronzes came from famous Chinese collectors of the 18th-19th centuries. These bronzes have been recorded in various... [Lire la suite]