14 September 2009,
Price realised USD 40,000
USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
A RARE GOLD AND TURQUOISE-INLAID BRONZE SWORD
LATE EASTERN ZHOU/WARRING STATES PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY BC
The long tapering blade with median ridge and beveled edges, the oval handle encircled by two flanges and the dished circular pommel inlaid in gold wire and turquoise with C-scrolls surrounding a quatrefoil motif centered by a small gold sheet disc, with mottled grey and green patina and malachite green encrustation
18 15/16 in. (48 cm.) long
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
Acquired prior to 1965.
Columbia University, New York, February 1965.
Discover Christie's The Art of China online auctions featuring Chinese ceramics, works of art, jade carvings, Buddhist figures, bronze statues, Ming, Qing, Kangxi and Qianlong period pieces.
Specialist Michelle Cheng shares her expert advice, from knowing the woods collectors look for to investing in climate control
From the colour of your outfit to the number of dragons on your coat, how Qing-dynasty clothing told everyone exactly who you were
Specialist Elizabeth Hammer on why age-old themes, materials and techniques continue to flourish among artists and collectors
Our dedicated online sale of prints by the Chinese-born French artist reveals how his styles and themes evolved across five decades
Discover how we’ve brought to life the mysterious world of this important, early Surrealist work from 1926 — offered in London on 27 February