Seventy Bronzes Highlight Tajan Auction June 19, 2017, Two in particular
While this sale lacks any major porcelain or jade lots, the folks at Tajan have managed to wrangle up a number of nice bronzes. With estimates ranging from under one thousand to over 200,000 Euros. If you collect bronzes from China, Tibet and Japan, this is a sale worth paying attention to.
Small Bronzes From China and Tibet
The sale features a very wide range of seated and standing figures in both cast bronze as well as some heavy copper examples, some with pigments. A number of them are fairly rare forms and have "Gilt" splashes.
Gilt Lacquer Dali Kingdom (Yunnan) Bronze Buddha
Lot 99. Made during the Song dynasty (960-1279). An extremely rare type as most from the Dali Kingdom were melted upon it's collapse. Measuring 11 inches tall and was purchased in China prior to 1930 by a College Professor and thence by descent to the current owner who was given it upon the birth of her son in 1982. Estimate: 100,000 to 150,000 Euros.
An Important Gilt lacquer Bronze Statue of Wenchang Wang
Lot 161. Dating to the mid to later Ming dynasty measuring 45 inches tall and coated with a deep undisturbed patina. From a private French collection. This is a superb depiction of the Daoist diety known as the god of literature and culture, seated and dressed in finely detailed robes with his hands joined resting on a plinth. Est: 150,000 to 250,000 Euros.
Zitan Screen With Jade Figures, Qianlong Period
Lot 180. A stunning and deeply carved Zitan screen fitted with variously colored jade figures and devices in a landscape setting. This was originally a wall panel and was later made into a floor screen, probably during the 19th C.. At which time was fitted onto a well carved Hongmu stand. Est. 80,000 to 120,000 Euros.
Rare Nine Dragon Carved Lacquer Box, Qianlong Mark and Period (1736-1795)
An extremely fine and well rounded box measuring 11 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall. From a private French collection. Inscribed and marked with reign mark on base. The top depicting the dragon in pursuit of the flaming pearl with eight additional dragons encircling the box.
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