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Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Part II

Christie's New York

10 A.M., September 14, 2012 Lots 1218-1586

Sale 2580

Tall vase

Lot 1231, Bronze ritual wine vessel (gu), Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C., 12 3/8 inches high

By Carter B. Horsley

The September 14, 2012 auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part II at Christie's New York is highlighted by an impressive collection of bronzes, most from the Late Shang Dynasty, 11th Century B.C.,

Lot 1231 is a superb bronze ritual wine vessel (gu) from the Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C.  It is 12 3/8 inches high.  "The trumpet-shaped neck of the slender vessel is crisply cast in low relief," the catalogue notes, "with four blades willed with leiwin rising form a band of angular snakes.  Both the center section of the spreading pedestal foot are decroated with two taotie masks those on the foot below a band of dragons and all are divided and separated by notched flanges."

The lot has a modest estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.  It sold for $146,500 including the buyer's premium as do all works mentioned in this article.


Of the 581 lots offered in Parts I and II, 430, or 74 percent, sold for a total of $19,596,275.  

After the auction, Michael Bass and Noah Kupferman, co-heads of the department of Chinese Works of Art in New York, issued the following statement:

"The sale confirmed the deep strength of the market across all collecting categories notably for archaic bronzes and jade carvings with distinguished provenance.  Snuff bottles, a growing area of intest for collectors, performed well as did huanghuali furniture and Qing porcelain.  There was also a revived interest in early pottery."

Fat turtle vase

Lot 1232, Very rare and important large Archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C., 9 5/8 inches in diameter.

Lot 1232 is an impressive and very rare and important large Archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (zun) from the Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C.  It is 9 5/8 inches in diameter.  The catalogue notes that the compressed globular body is decorated "with large taotie maks formed by the bodies of confronted and addorsed birds with pronounced eyes, which are divided and separated by raised flanges and reserved on a leiwen ground.  The taotie are positioned below bovine heads cast in high relief on the shoulder between pairs of kui dragons and above a toothed band, possibly representing a mouth."  The base of the interior, it continued, is cast with a turtle centered by a coiled dragon and enircled by two simplified dragons biting each other's tail."  The lot has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $842,500.


Steamer vase

Lot 1221,  Bronze ritual tripod steamer (yen), Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C., 15 1/2 inches high

Lot 1221 is a large and impressive bronze ritual tripod steamer (yen) from the Late Shang-Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C.  It is 15 1/2 inches high and has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $74,500.

Tripod round

Lot 1230, Bronze tripod food vessel (liding), Late Shang Dynasty, 11th Century B.C., 5 inches high

Lot 1230 is a very fine bronze tripod food vessel (liding) from the Late Shang Dynasty, 11th Century B.C.  It has a  fine patina and good markings.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $242,500.

Bronze vase

Lot 1226, Rare bronze ritual wine vessel (zun), Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th Century B.C., 11 7/8 inches high

Lot 1226 is an imposing and rare bronze ritual wine vessel (zun) from the Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th Century B.C.  It is 11 7/8 inches high and has a modest estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $1,426,500.

Small beaker

Lot 1233, Rare bronze ritual pouring vessel (gong), Late Shang Dynasty, 12th Century B.C., 8 1/2 inches long

Lot 1233 is a very fine and rare bronze ritual pouring vessel (gong) from the Late Shang Dynasty, 12th Century B.C.  It is 8 1/2 inches long.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It failed to sell.

Bronze pourer

Lot 1235, Bronze ritual pouring vessel (yi), Late Western/Early Zhou Dynasty, 8th Century B.C., 13 3/8 inches long

Lot 1235 is a very handsome bronze ritual pouring vessel (yi) from the Late Western/Early Zhou Dynasty, 8th Century B.C.  It is 13 3/8 inches long.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $62,500.

Tripod blue

Lot 1222, Very rare bronze tripod ritual wine vessel (jue), Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th Century B.C., 7 1/4 inches high

Lot 1222 is a very rare bronze tripod ritual wine vessel (jue), Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th Century B.C/  It is 7 1/4 inches high and has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $266,500.


Openwork brazier

Lot 1252, Bronze openwork brazier, Eastern Han Dynasty, A.D. 25-220, 9 inches long

Lot 1252 is a very nice bronze openwork brazier from the Easter Han Dynasty, A.D. 25-220.  It is 9 inches long and has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It sold for $11,875.

Big doggie

Lot 1377, Grey pottery figure of a male guard dog, Han Dynasty, 206 B.C.-A.D. 220, 28 inches high

One of the most impressive works in the auction is Lot 1377, a grey pottery figure of a male guard dog from the Han Dynasty, 206-B.C.-A.D. 220.  It is 28 inches high.  It has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $16,250.


Two guardians

Lot 1379, Pair of painted red pottery guardian figures, Wushiyong, Tang  Dynasty, 618-907, 33 inches high

Lot 1379 is an impressive pair of painted red pottery guardian figures, Wushiyong, from the Tang Dynasty, 618-907. The tallest figure is 33 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.  The lot was once in the collection of J. J. Lally & Co., of New York.  It sold for $27,500.

Tall man

Lot 1250, Very rare bronze figure of an attendant/soldier, Eastern Han Dynasty, A.D. 25-220, 24 inches high

Lot 1240 is an impressive and rare bronze figure of an attendant/solider from the Eastern Han Dynasty, A.D. 25-220.  It is 24 inches high.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It failed to sell.

Container

Lot 1429, Rare Wucai sweetmeat box and cover, Wanli six-character mark in underglaze flue withi a double-circle and of the period, 1573-1619, 9 3/16 inches in diameter

Lot 1429 is a very beautiful rare Wucai sweetmeat box and cover, 1573-1619, 9 3/16 inches diameter.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $116,500.


Blue White vase

Lot 1551, Blue and White enameled vase, 19th Century, 16 3/4 inches high

Lot 1551 is a very handsome blue and white enameled vase from the 19th Century.  It is 16 3/4 inches high and has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It failed to sell.

Green vase

Lot 1515, Doucai bottle vase, Qianlong/Jiaqing Period, 1736-1820, 25 3/4 inches high

Lot 1515 is a very nice Doucai bottle vase of the Qianlong/Jianqing Period, 1736-1820.  It is 25 3/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $27,500.

Tall blue vase    Detail of tall blue vase

Lot 1311, one of a pair of large cloisonne enamel floor vases and center detail, first half of the 20th Century, 55 1/2 inches high

Lot 1311 is an impressive pair of large cloisonne enamel floor vases from the first half of the 20th Century.  They are 55 1/2 inches high and the lot has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $74,500.

Dragon pot

Lot 1422, Rare and massive blue and white fish jar, Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue in a line and of the period, 1522-1566, 27 1/8 inches in diameter

Lot 1422 is a very attractive blue and white fish jar that is dated 1522-1566.  It is 27 1/8 inches diameter.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It is from the estate of Flora Whitney that was sold as Lot 198 at Sotheby's New York April 11,1987.  It sold for $466,500.

Moonflask

Lot 1450, Ming-style blue and white moonflask, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period, 1736-1795, 9 5/8 inches high

Lot 1450 is a very nice Ming-style blue and white moonflask, Qinalong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period, 1736-1795.  It is 9 5/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $242,500.



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