Our auction of Asian Works of Art returns on March 25 sale with six outstanding examples of Chinese secular and religious art history spanning two millennia. Continue reading to learn more about these ancient objects and their histories.
Ancient Treasures: Highlights from our March Asian Works of Art Sale
LOT 135 | A RARE BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, FANGDING
LATE SHANG DYNASTY (12TH-11TH CENTURY B.C.)
The rectangular body of this vessel rises atop four stout cylindrical legs and is surmounted by a pair of upright loop handles. Exaggerated flanges extend from its walls and demarcate taotie masks against a ground of thundering clouds. One interior wall features a cast inscription of two kneeling figures flanking a ritual vessel, all above a gui character. The vessel and its inscription are illustrated in Robert Bagley’s authoritative text on Chinese ritual bronzes, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Robert W. Bagley, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, which will be included in this offering.
Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Christie’s New York, March 25-26, 2010, sale 2405/2297, lot 1003
R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 472-5. no. 88
N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, no. 1300 (inscriptions only)
LOT 136 | AN ARCHAIC COVERED WINE VESSEL, HE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, WARRING STATE PERIOD (475-221 B.C.)
东周 战国 青銅弦紋盉
The compressed globular body of this vessel is nestled between a trio of squat cabriole legs, surmounted by a short neck and wide mouth, and decorated by a raised ring encircling its otherwise smooth surface. A molded mythical beast emerges open-mouthed from the body to form a side spout. The handle, terminating in two tiger masks grasping at the vessel, is further joined to the fitted cover by a chain of loose rings.
Acquired from J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, July 17, 2008
LOT 137 | AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, TILIANGHU
EASTERN HAN DYNASTY (25-220)
Alternating bands incised lozenges, feathers, lappets, and leaves skate the surface of this vessel’s pear-shaped body; with one side decorated with deer running across the mouth rim. The vessel covered by a fitted lid, equally decorated. A dense chain link runs the sides and connects to a dense arching handle.
Acquired from J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, July 17th, 2008
Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Sotheby’s New York, September 18, 2007, sale N08342 lot 179
Acquired by the previous owner in the early 1990s
On the Japanese art market in the early 1980s
Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2001 – 2006
Min Chiu Society exhibition, 1999 – 2000
LOT 138 | A LARGE AND RARE BRONZE TRIPOD TUREEN AND LADLE
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
Three curving cabriole legs elevate the spherical body of this tureen: and the vessel’s roundness is further emphasized by incised concentric rings encircling its domed shoulders. The handle of the ladle bears a mark of three interlocking rings and is terminated by a lotus bud finial. Both fit inside a bespoke Japanese wood box.
Acquired from J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, September 25, 2009
The Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, Japan
LOT 143 | A PARCEL-GILT SILVER BOWL
TANG DYNASTY (618-906)
The rounded sides of this silver bowl feature a relief of mandarin ducks and geese in flight amongst grasses and floral sprays, which has been hammered from the interior with repoussé technique. The body is lightly covered in a slight layer of black lacquer and adorned with gilt highlights, and rests in a fitted wooden box.
LOT 620 | A CARVED LIMESTONE TORSO OF BUDDHA
NORTHERN QI DYNASTY (550-577)
This torso of a Buddha is depicted standing, with a finely carved garment draped closely over the contours of its body.
Property from the Collection of Jane Davis Doggett, Hobe Sound, Florida
佛羅里達州Hobe Sound市Jane Davis Doggett女士收藏
Acquired from The Chinese Art Gallery, New York, New York, February 20, 2007
2007年2 月20日購自紐約The Chinese Art Gallery藝廊