06 octobre 2018

A Rare Archaic Bronze Ritual Vessel, Zun, Late Shang Dynasty to Western Zhou Dynasty, 1600-771 B.C.

Lot 3108. A Rare Archaic Bronze Ritual Vessel, Zun, Late Shang Dynasty to Western Zhou Dynasty, 1600-771 B.C. H 31cm. Estimate HKD 6,000,000 - 8,000,000 (USD 765,714 - 1,020,952). Sold price HKD 10,030,000 (USD 1,280,019). © Poly Auction. Provenance: Kawai Sadajiro Collection, Kyoto, JapanDr. A.F Philips Collection, NetherlandSotheby’s London, 13 March 1978, lot 21An European Important Private Collection. Literature: 1. Zhou Fagao, Sandai Jijinwen Cunbu, Taiwan 1980, no. 6452.... [Lire la suite]

13 septembre 2018

$4.3 million Tang Dynasty Bodhisattva leads Chinese Works of Art Auctions

A Rare Painted Limestone Figure of a Standing Bodhisattva from the Tang dynasty that fetched $4.3 million – far surpassing its high estimate of $2.5 million. Courtesy Sotheby's. NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s Asia Week sale series began today in New York, with nearly 200 works sold across two auctions of important Chinese works of art for an overall total of US$20.2 million / HK$158.6 million.  The day began with an auction dedicated to a selection of magnificent Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the collection of Stephen... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2018

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Shang dynasty, Yinxu period (1300-1046 BCE)

Lot 187. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Shang dynasty, Yinxu period (1300-1046 BCE). Height 8 1/2  in., 21.6 cm. Estimate: 180,000 — 200,000 USD. Unsold. © Sotheby's cast with a tall spreading foot supporting a globular body surmounted by a trumpet neck, the sides of the belly cast with three dissolved taotie masks, their horns, jaws, and other features abstractly rendered in low-relief hooked curls and the hemispherical eyes emerging in high... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2018

An archaic bronze ritual vessel (zun), Shang dynasty, Yinxu period (1300-1046 BCE)

Lot 183. An archaic bronze ritual vessel (zun), Shang dynasty, Yinxu period (1300-1046 BCE); 13 5/8 in. high, 34.6 cm. Estimate: 650,000-850,000 USD. Lot sold 1,455,000 USD. © Sotheby's of cylindrical form, superbly cast with a subtly rounded midsection set above a spreading foot and surmounted by a trumpet neck, recessed horizontal bands separating each section and four vertical notched flanges dividing the foot and midsection into quadrants, the foot and midsection each cast in high relief with two pairs of... [Lire la suite]
22 août 2018

A rare gold and silver-inlaid bronze tapir-form vessel, Zun, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 13th-15th century

Lot 162. A rare gold and silver-inlaid bronze tapir-form vessel, Zun, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 13th-15th century; 8½ in. (21.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 114,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007 Finely cast in the form of a tapir standing foursquare with mouth open and pierced below a curled snout, the ears flared and inlaid with a pattern of triangles, with a collar encircling the neck and with scrolls decorating the sides and haunches, the long, faceted tail also... [Lire la suite]
02 mai 2018

A magnificent and important bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, late Shang- early Western Zhou dynasty (12th-10th century BC)

Lot 40. A magnificent and important bronze ritual wine vessel, zun, late Shang- early Western Zhou dynasty (12th-10th century BC); 12 ¼ in. (31.2 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 200,000 - GBP 400,000  Price realised GBP 272,750. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018 The bulbous mid-section and the spreading lower body of the vase are boldly cast withtaotie masks interspersed with thick vertical flanges. Upright blades decorate the wide flaring cylindrical neck, also separated by flanges which protrude... [Lire la suite]

24 mars 2018

A rare teadust-glazed vase, zun, Daoguang incised six-character seal mark and of the period (1821-1850)

Lot 611. A rare teadust-glazed vase, zun, Daoguang incised six-character seal mark and of the period (1821-1850); 10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 35,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The vase has an ovoid body encircled just below the top of the high splayed foot with a single bow-string band and around the body with three double bow-string bands, and has a pair of molded mask and ring handles applied to the shoulder below the slightly waisted... [Lire la suite]
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]