13 février 2018

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

Lot 905. A bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 10 in. (25.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 87,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017  The rounded mid-section is cast with two narrow bands of pairs of backward-looking dragons, each divided by narrow flanges. The bottom of the interior is cast with a six-character inscription reading Bo zuo bao zun yi. The patina of dark silvery color is covered with malachite... [Lire la suite]

30 janvier 2018

Archaic bronze sold at Sotheby's New York, 15 sept. 2010

Lot 270. A fine archaic bronze ritual food vessel, liding, Late Shang dynasty (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC); height 8 1/4 in., 21 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000. Lot sold 116,500 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2010 standing on three cylindrical legs with steeply rounded sides divided into three lobes, each lobe cast in raised relief with a taotie mask formed from raised bosses for eyes and hooked scrolls accented with intaglio lines reserved on a fine leiwen ground, the lipped rim with... [Lire la suite]
20 décembre 2017

'Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes' at Art Institute of Chicago

Bell (nao), Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). China, probably Hunan province. Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection. © The Art Institute of Chicago.  CHICAGO - Chinese bronzes of the second and first millennia BC are some of the most distinctive achievements in the history of art. Exquisitely ornamented, these vessels were made to carry sacrificial offerings, to use in burial, or to commemorate family in public ceremonies. When they were found by emperors centuries later, these spiritually significant objects were... [Lire la suite]
04 novembre 2017

Imperial Porcelains from the Reigns of Hongzhi and Zhengde in the Ming Dynasty at the Palace Museum

BEIJING - The reigns of the Hongzhi Emperor (r. 1488-1505) and the Zhengde Emperor (1506-1521) are the watershed of the Ming-dynasty's social and cultural changes at the turn of the sixteenth century. The stifling conservativeness gave way to dynamic innovation. A penchant for wealth replaced previous admiration for unsophisticated simplicity. Imperial porcelains from the two reigns share some commonalities including the shrinking scale of production, plummeting variety, and the relative austerity in terms of decoration. For... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2017

The Michael Michaels Collection of Early Chinese Art at Christie's London, 7 november 2017

  Lot 160. A bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, you, Late Shang dynasty (1600-1100 BC). 13 in (33 cm) high. Estimate 80,000 - GBP 120,000 (USD 105,600 - USD 158,400). Price realised GBP 248,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Michael Michaels (Born: Magdeburg, Germany 1907 - Died: London, England 1986) In 1933, when the Nazis came to power in Germany, Michael Michaels fled to Britain as a penniless refugee. His first job was working in a raincoat factory owned by the Hammerson... [Lire la suite]
08 octobre 2017

A Guan-type 'Three rams' vase, zun, seal mark and period of Qianlong

Lot 3612. A Guan-type 'Three rams' vase, zun, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795), 23.4 cm, 9 1/4  in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,062,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  the tapering body rising to rounded shoulders applied with three ram heads, sweeping up to a waisted neck and a flared rim, covered overall in a thick opaque greyish-blue glaze suffused with a network of dark grey and golden crackles, save for the unglazed footring dressed in a dark brown slip, the... [Lire la suite]

03 octobre 2017

A rare Longquan celadon vase, zun, Yuan-Ming dynasty (1279-1644)

Lot 108. A rare Longquan celadon vase, zun, Yuan-Ming dynasty (1279-1644). 9 ½ in. (24 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000. Price realised HKD 687,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The vase is in the form of an archaic bronze zun, sturdily potted with a compressed globular mid-section, rising from a splayed foot to a tall trumpet neck, each register divided by four vertical crenelated flanges, applied overall with an unctuous sea-green glaze, gold brocade wrapper, Japanese... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2017

A rare well-cast bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC 

Lot 1505. A rare well-cast bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, late Shang dynasty, 11th century BC, 10¼ in. (29 cm.) high. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 578,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012  With plain, broad trumpet-shaped neck, the rounded middle section cast in relief on each side with a large taotie mask with large oblong eyes and flanked by hooked scrolls, the masks divided and separated by flanges repeated on the spreading foot between two pairs of... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2017

A fine and rare blue and white beaker vase, zun, Ming dynasty, Chenghua period (1465-1487)

Lot 523. A fine and rare blue and white beaker vase, zun, Ming dynasty, Chenghua period (1465-1487), 21.5 cm., 8 1/2 in.  Estimate 4,000,000 — 6,000,000 HKD. Sold  13,760,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's. well potted after the archaistic bronze zun form, freely painted in rich cobalt-blue tones, set on each section with four vertical flanges, the globular central bulb decorated with four of the 'babao' ('The Eight Treasures'), each issuing from a lotus bloom... [Lire la suite]
14 juillet 2017

An extremely rare blue and white vase, zun, Jiajing period (1522-1566)

Lot 1456. An extremely rare blue and white vase, zun, Jiajing period (1522-1566), 8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 195,750 © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The well-proportioned bronze-form body is applied with flanges that accentuate its shape. The bulbous mid-section is painted on each side in deep, vibrant tones of underglaze blue with a carp swimming amidst lotus plants and water weeds reserved on a ground of penciled turbulent waves. The... [Lire la suite]