13 janvier 2022

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jia, Middle Shang dynasty

Lot 810. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jia, Middle Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC); h. 28.3 cm. Lot sold: 441,000 HKD (Estimate: 300,000-400,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. Provenance: Acquired in Japan late 1990s, by repute. Note: A closely related archaic bronze jia of similar size, illustrated in Richard A. Pegg and Zhang Lidong, The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes, Chicago, 2010, pl. 10, was sold in our New York rooms, 21st September 2021, lot 4. ... [Lire la suite]

10 décembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, Early Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 806. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, Early Western Zhou dynasty; h. 31.3 cm. Lot sold: 504,000 HKD (Estimate: 400,000-600,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. Provenance: Hartman Rare Art, New York. Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online: A Private Asian Collection, Hong Kong, 3 December 2021
21 septembre 2021

A small archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, Zhi, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 10th century BC

Lot 150. A small archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, Zhi, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 10th century BC; 5 5/8in (14.3cm) high. Sold for US$ 10,837 (€ 9,254). © Bonhams 2001-2021 Raised on a high foot cast with a band of diagonal lozenges enclosing t-shaped whorls and raised 'eyes' under a plain tapered body bisected at the waist with a horizontal band of simple taotie masks, the interior foot cast with a two-character pictogram; the vessel covered with a brown patina with some malachite... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2021

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

Lot 37. An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang / Early Western Zhou dynasty. Height 4½ in., 11.4 cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD. Unsold. © Sotheby's 2021 the pear-shaped body encircled below the waisted neck and flared rim with a register of two simplified taotie masks, cast in low relief with bulging eyes and a central flange, all reserved on a leiwen ground, the tall splayed foot with a narrow band of diagonal... [Lire la suite]
14 septembre 2021

An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun), Late Shang dynasty

Lot 36. An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun), Late Shang dynasty. Height 10 in., 25.5 cm. Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 USD. Lot sold: 201,600 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 robustly cast of cylindrical form, the waisted vessel with flared pedestal foot and wide trumpet mouth, punctuated by four evenly spaced prominent vertical flanges that extend past the rim, crisply cast in relief with a pair of large taotie masks and confronting... [Lire la suite]
12 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (Zhi), Late Shang-early Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 29. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang dynasty-early Western Zhou dynasty. Height 8⅛ in., 20.5 cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 40,000 USD. Unsold. © Sotheby's 2021 the compressed pear-shaped body of oval section rising from a tall, slightly splayed foot to a flared rim, the waisted neck flanked by a pair of lug handles and decorated with borders of geometric motifs echoed on the foot, all below a frieze of cicadas encircling the rim, the domed cover with a scrollwork border... [Lire la suite]

12 septembre 2021

An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang dynasty

Lot 28. An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang dynasty. Height 6¾ in., 17.1 cm. Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD. Lot sold: 47,880 USD. © Sotheby's 2021 the slender elongated pear-shaped body supported on a tall spreading foot and rising to a flaring mouth, the body cast with two taotie masks in relief, all between double fillets encircling the neck and foot, the interior with an inscription Tianmin fu gui (Tianmin, father Gui),... [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]
05 septembre 2021

A rare copper-inlaid ritual bronze wine vessel, Hu, Warring States period (475–221 BC)

Lot 705. A rare copper-inlaid ritual bronze wine vessel, Hu, Warring States period (475–221 BC); 18 in. (45.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. © Christie's 2021 The bronze vessel is inlaid with copper in seven registers, including confronted pairs of antlered deer flanked by addorsed pairs of birds, confronted dragons flanked by scrolls, and stylized taotie masks flanked by kui dragons. The shoulders are set on each side with a beast-mask handle suspending a loose ring. ... [Lire la suite]
05 septembre 2021

A bronze ritual wine vessel, pou, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th century BC

Lot 704. A bronze ritual wine vessel, pou, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th century BC; 13 in. (33 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. © Christie's 2021 The slightly compressed body is cast in shallow relief with a central band of taotie masks on a leiwen ground, centered by a low flange, below a narrow band of confronted kui dragons divided by three raised beast-head masks. The splayed foot has two pierced apertures above a band of addorsed birds and beast masks. ... [Lire la suite]