"Pair of Magnificent Sancai-glazed Pottery Horses," Tang Dynasty, 26
3/4 and 27 inches high, respectively
By Carter B.
The September 19, 2013
auction of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy was 84
percent sold with 223 lots selling for $31,319,375.
Lot 45, a pair of "magnificent Sancai-glazed pottery horses"
from the Tang Dynasty, has an "estimate on request." The lot
sold for $4,197,000.
The roan horse is 26 3/4 inches high and the black horse is
27 inches high.
The catalogue entry noted that it is rare for identically sculpted
horses to have different colored coats, groomed manes and saddle
blankets. There is another pair in the Kyoto National Museum.
48, Large painting Gray Pottery Figure of a Horse and Foreign Groom,
Tang Dynasty, horse 31 1/4 inches high, groom 27 inches high
Lot 48 is a large painted
gray pottery figure of a horse and foreign groom from the Tang Dynasty.
The horse is 31 1/4 inches high and the groom 27 inches high.
The lot has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $43,750.
"Gray Jade Bixie-form Water Dropper," Ming Dynasty or earlier, 5 1/4
121 is a super gray jade Bixie-form water dropper from the Ming Dynasty
or earlier. It is 5 1/4 inches long and was exhibited in 1975
the show "Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages" in London. A similar piece
is in the Qing Court Collection in Beijing and another was sold at
Christie's New York, March 21, 2013. The lot has an
of $80,000 to $120,000. It
sold for $100,000.
Lot 17, Wine
Vessel, bronze, Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C., 7 3/8
17 is a fine Late Shang Dynasty, 12th-11th Century B.C., bronze wine
vessel. It is 7 3/8 inches high and is property of Alex and
Elizabeth Leyt who acquired it from Alfred Salimony, the curator of the
Cologne Museum of the Far East from 1920 to 1933 and later an advsior
C. T. Loo. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. It
sold for $1,925,000.
25, bronze water vessel (Yi), Early Eastern Zhou Dynasty B.C., 12
property of Alex and Elizabeth Leyt is Lot 25 is a nice bronze water
vessel (yi) from the Early Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 8th Century
B.C. It is 12 inches long. It has an estimate of
$50,000 to $70,000. It
sold for $62,500.
ritual tripod vessel (li ding), Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty,
12th-11th Century B.C., 8 1/8 inches high
A third work
from the Lewyt collection is Lot 18, a bronze ritual tripod vessel (li
ding) from the Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-11th Century
B.C. It is 8 1/8 inches high and was once with Professor
Alfred Salmony. It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.
It sold for
Coral-ground famille rose floral bowl, Yongzheng Mark and Period 5 1/8
inches in diameter
Lot 350 is a
coral-ground famille-rose floral bowl with a Yongzheng mark and period.
It is 5 1/8 inches in diameter It has anestimate of
$400,000 to $600,000. It
sold for $905,000.
Lot 195, four
"Dreamstone" inlaid Burlwood panels, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century, each
55 inches high
Lot 195 is a
handsome set of four "Dreamstone" inlaid burlwood panels from the Qing
Dynasty, 19th Century. Each is 55 inches high and is signed
either Shixian or Ruan Yuan. The lot has an estimate of
$40,000 to $60,000.
It failed to sell.
Celadon-ground famille-rose vase, Qianlong seal, mark and period, 18
5/8 inches high
Lot 358 is a
very rare celadon-ground famille-rose vase with a Qianlong seal, mark
and period. It is 18 5/8 inches high and was the catalogue's
cover illustration. The lot has an estimate of $500,000 to
failed to sell.
black-ground coromandel 12-panel "West Lake" screen, Qing Dynasty, 18th
Century, each panel 113 by 20 inches
Lot 252 is a
large and "unusual" black-ground coromandel "West Lake" screen from the
Qing Dynasty, 18th Century. Each panel measures 113 by 20
inches It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $50,000.
Archaistic jade bird pole finial with bronze fitting, Song Dynasty, 6
Lot 31 is a fine
Archaistic jade bird pole finial with bronze fitting from the Song
Dynasty. It is 6 5/8 inches high and once was in the
collection of Nelson A. Rockefeller. It has an estimate of
$30,000 to $50,000. It
sold for $106,250.
Silver and gilt decorated bronze cylindrical tripod vessel
and cover (zun), Early Western Han Dynasty, 2nd-1st Century
B.C., 8 1/4 inches high
29 is an attractive silver and gilt decorated bronze cylindrical tripod
vessel and cover (zun) from the Early Western Han Dynasty, 2nd-1st
Century B.C. The body is raised on three crouching bear-form
feet and the cover has three long-tailed birds.
A similar work is in the Staatlichen Museen in Berlin
The lot has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It sold for $40,000.
Lot 28, gilt
bronze bear support, Han Dynasty, 2 5/8 inches high
Lot 28 is a gilt
bronze bear support for a zun from the Han Dynasty, like Lot 29.
It is 2 5/8 inches high. It has an estimate of
$15,000 to $20,000. It
sold for $23,750.
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