01 mars 2015

A bronze ritual wine vessel (gu), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

A bronze ritual wine vessel (gu), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of slender form with a wide flaring trumpet mouth and tall spreading foot, cast around the central bulb with confronting kui dragons forming taotie masks centered on vertical flanges, a pictogram on interior of foot, the greenish-gray patina with malachite encrustation. Height 8 in., 20.3 cm Provenance: A private New York collection formed... [Lire la suite]

01 mars 2015

A bronze ritual wine vessel (jue), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

A bronze ritual wine vessel (jue), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Estimate 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's. of a deep U-shape, supported on three splayed blade-form legs, the body cast with a pair of taotie masks against a leiwen ground, the spout flanked by a pair of capped finials, the side set with a loop handle over a single pictograph reading min, the surface with patches of malachite and ferrous encrustation. Height 7 3/4  in.,... [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]
21 février 2014

The Fu Yi You. A bronze ritual wine vessel, late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

The Fu Yi You. A  bronze ritual wine vessel, late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Photo Sotheby's of oval section, the wide pear-shaped body raised on a splayed foot encircled by two bowstring bands, decorated around the neck with a band of twelve repeated eyes between two borders of circles, centered on two sides by animal-masks in high relief and interrupted by loops attached to the twisted rope-like overhead arch handle, the slightly waisted domed cover decorated with a similar band of kui dragons,... [Lire la suite]
21 février 2014

The Fu Yi Zhi. A bronze ritual wine vessel, early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

The Fu Yi Zhi. A bronze ritual wine vessel, early,Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC. Photo Sotheby's the elegantly curved slender vessel rising from a high splayed foot and surmounted by a trumpet-like mouth, the underside of the zhi decorated in thread relief with a turtle motif, cast inside the vessel with a two-character inscription, the surface with a light malachite encrustation, with fitted stand (2). Height 6 3/4 in., 17 cm. Estimation 15,000 — 20,000 USD Provenance: Private Japanese collection. ... [Lire la suite]
20 février 2014

The Ji Zu Yi Zun. A Magnificent And Important Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel, Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century BC.

The Ji Zu Yi Zun. A Magnificent And Important Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel, Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century BC. Photo Sotheby's of cylindrical form with four heavy notched flanges on the sides, boldly cast around the slightly bulging waist with two taotie masks with rounded eyes, ‘C’-shaped horns, fangs and clawed arms, the splayed foot decorated with further taotie masks with rectangular slit pupils, upright horns and hooked jaws above the molded foot ring, the flaring neck with four upright blades filled with... [Lire la suite]


20 février 2014

The Fu Ding Jue. A bronze ritual wine vessel, late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

The Fu Ding Jue. A bronze ritual wine vessel, late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Photo Sotheby's the deep ‘U’-shaped body rising from three blade-like legs, decorated in relief with a band of four stylized dragons with raised central eyes and thread-like bodies, reserved on a leiwen ground, interrupted on one side by a loop handle issuing from a bovine head, the rim set with a pair of posts adorned by mushroom caps with sunken whorl patterns, a three-character inscription underneath the handle, the surface with... [Lire la suite]
20 février 2014

The Rong Fu Jue. A bronze ritual wine vessel. Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th century BC.

The Rong Fu Jue. A bronze ritual wine vessel. Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Photo Sotheby's The deep 'U'-shaped body supported on three splayed blade-like legs, decorated on each side with a frieze of taotie mask with prominent eyes on a fine leiwen ground, below a band of scale motifs between two borders of circles, centered by a vertical flange and a loop handle issuing from a bovine head, the long spout and pointed tail forming the rim, surmounted by a pair of posts capped by conical tops with sunken whorl... [Lire la suite]
04 février 2014

-Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art at Sotheby's, 18th-19th March 2014

Property From a Private Collection. A Rare Molded Blue and White Barbed Rim Dish, Yuan Dynasty, 14th Century. Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's The Chinese Works of Art Department in New York will be holding a four-session, two day sale of close to 400 lots. Building on the success of previous sales, we continue to offer property from private collections that have not been seen on the market for many years.  This season’s offerings include Yuan Fu Yi jue, An Important and Very Rare Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel... [Lire la suite]
07 septembre 2013

A bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

A bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC. Photo: Sothebys. rising from a splayed foot to an everted rim, the central section cast in relief with two taotie masks with bulging eyes on a leiwen ground divided by narrow flanges between double bowstring bands, the dark brownish-green patina with some light malachite encrustation, Japanese wood box and cover (3). Height 10 in., 25.4 cm. Estimation 40,000 — 60,000 USD  An old Japanese... [Lire la suite]