24 septembre 2010

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun). Late Shang Dynasty-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC.

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zun). Late Shang Dynasty-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC. photo courtesy Sotheby"s of tall circular form with a wide trumpet mouth and raised splayed foot, the long flared neck plain, the central bulb cast in low relief with a frieze of confronting dragons, divided and interspersed with notched vertical flanges, between narrow bands of circles, the lower bulb cast with a similar design frieze, the bronze a warm golden-brown patina with patches of green malachite and red... [Lire la suite]
28 février 2009

An Impressive Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel (Fang Lei), Early Western Zhou Dynasty

An Impressive Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel (Fang Lei), Early Western Zhou Dynasty height 14 3/4 in., 37.5 cm. Estimate 60,000—80,000 USD. PROVENANCE: Collection of Takeuchi Kinpei, Tokyo (until 1934).Sotheby's New York, 30th March 2006, lot 258.Thereafter with the present owner. LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Katori Hotsuma, Shina no kinko, Tokyo, 1934, pl. 22. NOTE: Like all bronze vessels of rectangular section, this fang lei shape is very rare. A similar piece is illustrated in Umehara Sueji, Shina-kodo seikwa, vol.1,... [Lire la suite]