S otheby's Hong Kong is pleased to present 'CHINA / ARCHAIC AESTHETICS', a curated selection of almost forty archaic bronze artefacts and jade carvings from the long period of the Bronze Age in China to the reunited period of the Han dynasty, including ritual vessels of timeless simplicity and elegance from the Shang and Zhou dynasties.
The sale is led by a private collection of gold and silver-inlaid bronze chariot fittings produced for the aristocrats, the majority of which were acquired in the 1980s-1990s. Among them is a pair of Warring States period bronze crossbow fittings, believed to have been attached horizontally to the front panel of a chariot as crossbow supports, adjacent to the occupants. Skilfully cast and intricately inlaid in gold and silver with geometric scrollwork, the pair of fittings testifies to the technological virtuosity of the bronze workshops as well as the peak of luxury in the Warring States period.
The auction also features a Shang dynasty jue tripod, formerly in the collection of Ethel Graves Sarkisian, as well as a historically important inscribed zhi vessel from the Western Zhou dynasty, well-documented and once in the celebrated collection of Liu Tizhi (1879-1962).