24 mars 2013

An important archaic bronze wine vessel (zun). Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

An important archaic bronze wine vessel (zun). Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Photo Sotheby's with a tall and slightly bulging waist, a wide trumpet-shape mouth and a molded foot, the upper body of the vessel largely plain, two bowstrings on the curved neck; its swelling waist and splayed lower part are decorated with bands, divided by eight thick notched flanges, with eight highly stylized dragon motifs in between; the dragon with raised eyes, bird-like beak and upright tail, against a background... [Lire la suite]
01 septembre 2012

A Large Archaic Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel (zun). Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th Century BC

A Large Archaic Bronze Ritual  (zun). Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th Century BC. Photo Sotheby's supported on a high splayed foot, the body crisply cast with three taotie with raised eyes in a broad band each bisected by a narrow flange against a leiwen ground, the angled shoulder with a further narrower band interrupted by three bovine masks in high relief, the neck encircled by a pair of bowstrings and rising to the widely flared mouth, the patina a smooth pale green with green and... [Lire la suite]

31 août 2012

An Important Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel (hu). Eastern Zhou dynasty, 8th-7th century BC

An Important Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel (hu). Eastern Zhou dynasty, 8th-7th century BC. Photo Sotheby's of pear-shape, crisply cast with five bands of interlocking dragons, their bodies defined with hooks, angular S- curves and raised beaded elements, the registers divided by plain bands, flanked on each side of the neck by bold large-horned taotie masks in relief issuing loop handles with large pendent rings, a partially obscured eighteen-character inscription on the interior of the neck,... [Lire la suite]
24 avril 2012

An impressive white jade wine vessel. Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century

An impressive white jade wine vessel. Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century. Photo Sotheby's of archaic jia form, the deep cylindrical body raised on three tall acanthus feet with a pronounced splay, elegantly flaring at the mouth rim below two raised lifting knobs, the exterior finely carved with a broad band of taotie masks divided by 'S'-shaped vertical flanges, one side set with a loop handle suspending a loose ring, issuing from a mythical beast head, detailed with a ferocious face and... [Lire la suite]
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01 janvier 2009

Chinese Bronze from the Asia Society collection : You, North China; Western Zhou period (1050-770 B.C.E.)

Wine Vessel: You, North China; Western Zhou period (1050-770 B.C.E.), about late 11th - early 10th century B.C.E. Bronze. H. 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm)including handle; W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)across handle attachments. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art. 1979.101a,b Wine buckets with wide proportions and lateral swing handles were introduced around the late 12th century B.C.E. and were often paired with zun. Early Western Zhou examples are often sparsely decorated, relying for their effect on their elegant... [Lire la suite]
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01 janvier 2009

Chinese Bronze from the Asia Society collection : You, North China; Western Zhou period (1050-770 B.C.E.)

Wine Vessel: You, North China; Western Zhou period (1050-770 B.C.E.), about late 11th century B.C.E., Bronze, H. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm)including handle; W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)across flanges. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art. 1979.100a,b The tall proportions of this you hark back to earlier Shang versions, but the heavy, hooked flanges and mannered rendering of the masks betray its early Western Zhou date. The masks on the belly of the vessel and the lid are particularly compelling, combining both... [Lire la suite]
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10 novembre 2008

A rare bronze wine vessel, China, 1st part of Warring States period, late 5th/4th C. BC

A rare bronze wine vessel, China, 1st part of Warring States period, late 5th/4th C. BC decorated with crisply cast stylised double bovine bodies with a common, quite naturalistic bovine head in rectangular, framed fields arraned like brick masonry, on the narrow sides as sole décor a taotie mask in high relief serving to maintain a now lost loose ring, malachite and brownish corrosion with earth encrustations. The tall rectangular base is restored, otherwise fair condition, the cover possibly later replaced - Estimate  6... [Lire la suite]


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