21 février 2011

Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co

A Fine And Rare Blue And White Bowl With A Composite Design Of Flower And Fruit Sprays, Yongle period, Ming dynasty (est. $800,000/1.2m). Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- Following the highly successful sale of thirteen Masterpieces of Qing Imperial Porcelain from J. T. Tai & Co. in Hong Kong in October 2011, Sotheby’s will present Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J. T. Tai & Co. on March 22nd, 2011 in New York. J.T. Tai bought many extraordinary pieces of Qing Imperial porcelain, but... [Lire la suite]
06 novembre 2009

Bronze Turns To Gold As Bonhams Sells Lord Cunliffe's Chinese Collection In £5M Sale

An archaic bronze inscribed ritual food vessel, gui. Early Western Zhou Dynasty Chinese Dragon Makes Recession Defying Roar Bronze Age Chinese vessels from one of the finest old English collections, formed by the 2nd Lord Cunliffe between the darkest war years of the early 1940s, and his death in 1963, achieved astonishing prices at Bonhams sale of Chinese Art today, November 5, in London. The most important group of early Chinese bronzes ever offered at Bonhams, the Collection mainly comprised classic funerary vessel... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2009

An archaic bronze tripod vessel and spoon, jiaodou. Han Dynasty

An archaic bronze tripod vessel and spoon, jiaodou. Han Dynasty The rounded sides rising to the wide flared rim, the handle with a zoomorphic head, possibly in the form of a camel, supported on three elongated legs, the curved spoon with a deep ladle. The Jiaodou 33cm (13in) long, spoon 19.5cm (7¾in) long. (2).. Estimate: £6,000 - 8,000. Unsold Provenance: Dunlop Collection, TorontoFrank Crane, Hundred Antiques, circa 1970Yan Collection, New York, purchased by the present owner circa 2000Note: Compare a related... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2009

A rare archaic bronze 'Bird's-Head' libation cup, yi. Late Warring States Period

A rare archaic bronze 'Bird's-Head' libation cup, yi. Late Warring States Period The double-lobed deep rounded sides forming a heart shape with the tip pointing towards the handle cast as a bird-raptor's head with bulging eyes and an open protruding hooked beak, all supported on an oval foot. 15.4cm (6in) wide. Estimate: £6,000 - 8,000 - Unsold Provenance: purchased from an American private collection in Florida, circa 2000Note: Compare a similar excavated gilt vessel in the Hebei Province Museum, illustrated... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2009

An archaic bronze stem bowl and cover, dou. Warring States Period

An archaic bronze stem bowl and cover, dou. Warring States Period The rounded bowl raised on a tall spreading foot and flanked by a pair of small loop handles, surmounted by a domed cover with a flared circular finial, finely cast with bands of interlaced dragons, lappets enclosing taotie masks, rope-twist, triangular units and foliage. 1.5cm (8½in) wide. (2). Sold for £5,400 Provenance: Gorman Collection, TorontoAstenbury Investments, TorontoJ. Abraham Cohen Collection, New York Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 14... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2009

A rare archaic bronze inscribed wine vessel and cover, he. Spring and Autumn/ Warring States Period

A rare archaic bronze inscribed wine vessel and cover, he. Spring and Autumn/ Warring States Period Of compressed globular form surmounted by a ridged-spine overhandle terminating in a mythical bird head with its beak open before a horned beast forming the spout opposite its ridged spine on the reverse, the top with a circular opening encircled by an inscription and surmounted by a circular cover with a loop finial and encircled by a leiwen border, the shoulders cast with two bands comprising confronted interlaced... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2009

A rare large archaic bronze steamer, yan. Eastern Zhou Dynasty

A rare large archaic bronze steamer, yan. Eastern Zhou Dynasty Comprising two sections, the lower part shaped as a li vessel supported on three conical feet rising to the globular walls and neck, surmounted by a deep bowl with rounded sides and lipped rim, each part flanked by a pair of mask ring handles and similarly decorated with borders enclosing interlaced dragons consisting of geometric patterns, lappets and a twist-rope pattern, the base of the bowl pierced with radiating slits to allow for steam to rise. 43.9cm... [Lire la suite]
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21 mai 2009

A rare archaic inscribed bronze vessel, he. Mid Spring and Autumn Period

A rare archaic inscribed bronze vessel, he. Mid Spring and Autumn Period The well-rounded vessel rising from three udder-shaped legs ending on a tall flaring neck with everted mouth rim, applied with a long, curving handle emanating from the side of the vessel and terminating in a dragon's head with oversized spiralling eyes, a scrolling snout and a curling horn, with a long inscription below the rim, the bronze with a natural pale green patina. 23cm (9in) high. Sold for £14,400 Note: The inscription... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2009

A rare large archaic bronze tripod vessel and cover, ding. Spring and Autumn Period

A rare large archaic bronze tripod vessel and cover, ding. Spring and Autumn Period The globular vessel supported on three legs emerging from the mouth of a horned mythical beast, flanked by a pair of slightly flared rectangular handles, surmounted by the domed cover with a flared circular finial, the body, cover and handles cast with bands comprising rectangular units of interlocked dragons and raised bosses, the body with a lappet band above the feet enclosing taotie masks. 42.5cm (16¾in) wide. (2). Sold for £30,000 ... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2009

A rare archaic ritual bronze wine vessel and cover, you. Western Zhou Dynasty

A rare archaic ritual bronze wine vessel and cover, you. Western Zhou Dynasty The compressed pear-shaped body supported on a ribbed splayed foot, surmounted by a tapering cover with a rectangular finial and flanked by a pair of upright handles decorated with cicadas, the grooved overhandle cast with bovine terminals, the neck and cover each cast with a border comprising a mythical-beast head flanked by phoenix reserved on a leiwen ground, box. 28.5cm (11¼in) high. (3). Sold for £26,400 Provenance: An American private... [Lire la suite]