14 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Gui), Late Shang dynasty

Lot 37. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Gui), Late Shang dynasty. Diameter 10 in., 25.5 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 supported on a tall splayed foot, the wide U-shaped body rising to an everted rim, the central body boldly cast with a wide band of studded bosses arranged in lozenge panels composed of elongated leiwen, surmounted by a narrow band of kuilong with bulging eyes against a leiwen ground, evenly divided by... [Lire la suite]

14 septembre 2021

An inscribed archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Liding), Late Shang / Early Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 35. An inscribed archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Liding), Late Shang - Early Western Zhou dynasty. Height 8½ in., 21.6 cm. Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the deep bowl divided into three lobes each resting on a columnar leg tapering slightly toward the foot, the everted rim set with a pair of plain loop handles, each lobe of the body finely cast with a taotie mask with protruding eyes and horns, flanked by descending serpentine creatures,... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Gui), Late Shang / Early Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 32. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Gui), Late Shang - Early Western Zhou dynasty. Diameter 12 in., 30.5 cm. Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the deep rounded sides cast with a band of vertical ribs below a frieze of alternating mythical beast masks and whorls further separated by two horned mythical beast masks cast in high relief, the sides framed by a pair of D-form handles issuing from bovine masks and set with pendent tabs, all supported on a tall... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2021

An important archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Ding), Western Zhou dynasty, probably King Xuan period (c. 827- c. 782 BC)

Lot 27. An important archaic bronze ritual food vessel (Ding), Western Zhou dynasty, probably King Xuan period (c. 827- c. 782 BC). Diameter 12⅞ in., 32.9 cm. Estimate: 300,000 - 500,000 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 well cast with the deep rounded body supported on three cabriole legs, the lipped rim set with a pair of upright loop handles, the exterior decorated with a band of horizontal concentric lappets, the interior cast with a seventeen-character inscription, the surface with... [Lire la suite]
07 septembre 2021

Important Archaic Bronzes from the MacLean Collection at Sotheby's New York, 21 September 2021

To compile a collection of Chinese archaic bronzes as comprehensive and varied as that of Barry MacLean is a remarkable feat. It is weapons and tools made of bronze that define the Bronze Age – as against the Stone or the Iron Age – but the repertoire of ancient China’s bronze casters was vast. To showcase their ingenuity and inventiveness is clearly what Barry MacLean had in mind, when he assembled this group. The classic ritual vessels and bells that were used in the ancestral ceremonies of the Shang (c.1600-1046 BC) and Zhou... [Lire la suite]
13 juillet 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, li, Late Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 5059. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, li, Late Western Zhou dynasty; h. 19 cm, with two X-rays. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD. Lot sold: 604,800 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: Acquired in Japan, late 1990s, by repute. Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online, including a Private Hong Kong Collection, Hong Kong, 2 July 2021

10 juillet 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou dynasty

  Lot 5033. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou dynasty; across handles 28 cm, with two X-rays. Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 HKD. Lot sold: 403,200 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: Hartman Rare Art, New York, 2012. Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online, including a Private Hong Kong Collection, Hong Kong, 2 July 2021
06 juillet 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, li, Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 5016. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, li, Western Zhou dynasty; 14.5 cm. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 HKD. Lot sold: 52,920 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: Bonhams London, 16th May 2013, lot 412 (GBP 6,250). Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online, including a Private Hong Kong Collection, Hong Kong, 2 July 2021  
06 juillet 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, pan, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn Period (771–476 BC)

  Lot 5012. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, pan, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn Period (771–476 BC); 45.5 cm, with Japanese wood box and four X-rays. Estimate: 160,000 - 200,000 HKD. Lot sold: 756,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, 2010. Note: The interior is later inscribed in the Eastern Han dynasty with the characters zhongping sannian, the third year of Zhongping, corresponding to A.D. 186. Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online, including a... [Lire la suite]
05 juillet 2021

An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Late Shang dynasty

Lot 5005. An archaic bronze ritual food vessel, ding, Late Shang dynasty; with two X-rays, h. 18.5 cm. Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 HKD. Lot sold: 378,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Provenance: Lam & Co Antiquities, Hong Kong, 2011. Bonhams. Chinese Art Online, including a Private Hong Kong Collection, Hong Kong, 2 July 2021