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. © 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 scroll... [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. © 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 birds around the slightly bulging... [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. © 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 against... [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. © 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), Japanese wood box. ... [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]
04 septembre 2021

Western Zhou Dynasty Ritual Bronzes at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 26 August 2021

Lot 1035. A bronze chariot fitting, Western Zhou dynasty (1046 - 771 BC); h. 24.5 cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 40,000 HKD. Lot sold: 189,000 HKD  (C) 2021 Sotheby's Provenance: Collection of Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), acquired prior to 1978.Christie's New York, 18th March 2009, lot 212 (USD8,125).  Literature: Jessica Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIA, Washington D.C., 1990, p. 82, fig. 112. Lot... [Lire la suite]
23 août 2021

Shang Dynasty Ritual Bronzes at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 26 August 2021

Lot 1048. A pair of archaic bronze ritual wine vessels, Gu, Late Shang dynasty (581-907); h. 30.7cm. Estimate: 380,000 - 480,000 HKD. Unsold. (C) 2021 Sotheby's Provenance: Hartman Rare Art, New York, 2012. Lot 1056. An archaic bronze ritual water vessel, Yu, Late Shang dynasty (581-907); d. 26.2 cm, h. 18 cm. Estimate: 100,000 - 120,000 HKD. Unsold. (C) 2021 Sotheby's Provenance: Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, 2012. Lot 1058. A pair of... [Lire la suite]
12 juillet 2021

An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty

Lot 5050. An inscribed archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, gu, Late Shang dynasty; h. 28.5 cm, with two X-rays. Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 HKD. Lot sold: 378,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's. Sotheby's. Chinese Art Online, including a Private Hong Kong Collection, Hong Kong, 2 July 2021
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