Fri, 15th Oct 2021 10:00

TWO-DAY AUCTION - Fine Chinese Art / 中國藝術集珍 / Buddhism & Hinduism

 
  Lot 56
 

56

A TURQUOISE MATRIX PENDANT DEPICTING AN OWL, LATE SHANG DYNASTY
商末綠松石貓頭鷹珮

China, Anyang period, 1300-1050 BC or later. Carved in the round to depict a standing owl, the body neatly delineated with archaic scrolls forming the wings and feathers, the upward-looking head with hooked beak and large ears, pierced vertically through the center and horizontally through the beak from both sides for suspension.

Provenance: Deaccession from the Dr. István Zelnik Southeast Asian Gold Museum in Budapest, Hungary. Institutional art collection in Belgium, acquired from the above. Dr. István Zelnik, President of the Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute, is a former high-ranking Hungarian diplomat who spent several decades in Southeast Asia, building the largest known private collection of Asian art in Europe.
Condition: Fine condition with old wear. Signs of weathering and erosion. Minor nicks and dents. Remnants of soiling. The stone with several natural fissures, some of which have developed into small hairline cracks over time. Naturally grown, ancient patina.

Weight: 15.8 g
Dimensions: Height 3.3 cm

Literature comparison: For a larger carving of an owl, also dated to the Shang dynasty but surmounted by a high comb, see Gugong Bowuyuan Cang Wenwu Zhenpin Quanji (Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum) Jadeware I, Hong Kong, 1995, p. 73, no. 63. Compare also a related turquoise pendant in the form of a kui dragon, also dated to the late Shang dynasty, in the collection of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Institute, accession number S1987.877.

Auction result comparison: Compare a closely related turquoise matrix figural owl pendant (4 cm high), dated Shang dynasty or later, at Bonhams New York in Chinese Works of Art and Paintings on 15 March 2021, lot 8, sold for USD 24,062.

商末綠松石貓頭鷹珮
中國,安陽時期,公元前1300-1050 年或更晚。圓形雕刻成站立的貓頭鷹,身體表面仿古卷紋勾勒出它的翅膀和羽毛,頭部有鉤狀的喙和大耳朵,垂直穿過中央,從兩側水平穿過喙作爲懸掛。

來源:原匈牙利布達佩斯István Zelnik博士 Southeast Asian Gold Museum收藏。比利時Institutional art collection 購於上述美術館。István Zelnik博士是匈牙利South and Southeast Asian Research Institute東南亞研究所主席,曾是匈牙利高級外交官,他在東南亞工作了幾十年,建立了歐洲最大的亞洲藝術品私人收藏。
品相:狀況良好,舊時磨損,有風化和侵蝕的跡象。 輕微的劃痕和凹痕。 污漬殘留。石料上有幾道天然紋理,隨著時間的推移,其中一些已經發展成細小的裂縫。 包漿自然。

重量:15.8 克
尺寸:高3.3 厘米

拍賣結果比較:一件商代或稍晚的綠松石貓頭鷹挂件 (高4 厘米),見紐約邦翰思 Chinese Works of Art and Paintings 2021年3月15日 lot 8, 售價USD 24,062。

Sold for €2,275

including Buyer's Premium


 

China, Anyang period, 1300-1050 BC or later. Carved in the round to depict a standing owl, the body neatly delineated with archaic scrolls forming the wings and feathers, the upward-looking head with hooked beak and large ears, pierced vertically through the center and horizontally through the beak from both sides for suspension.

Provenance: Deaccession from the Dr. István Zelnik Southeast Asian Gold Museum in Budapest, Hungary. Institutional art collection in Belgium, acquired from the above. Dr. István Zelnik, President of the Hungarian Southeast Asian Research Institute, is a former high-ranking Hungarian diplomat who spent several decades in Southeast Asia, building the largest known private collection of Asian art in Europe.
Condition: Fine condition with old wear. Signs of weathering and erosion. Minor nicks and dents. Remnants of soiling. The stone with several natural fissures, some of which have developed into small hairline cracks over time. Naturally grown, ancient patina.

Weight: 15.8 g
Dimensions: Height 3.3 cm

Literature comparison: For a larger carving of an owl, also dated to the Shang dynasty but surmounted by a high comb, see Gugong Bowuyuan Cang Wenwu Zhenpin Quanji (Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum) Jadeware I, Hong Kong, 1995, p. 73, no. 63. Compare also a related turquoise pendant in the form of a kui dragon, also dated to the late Shang dynasty, in the collection of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Institute, accession number S1987.877.

Auction result comparison: Compare a closely related turquoise matrix figural owl pendant (4 cm high), dated Shang dynasty or later, at Bonhams New York in Chinese Works of Art and Paintings on 15 March 2021, lot 8, sold for USD 24,062.

商末綠松石貓頭鷹珮
中國,安陽時期,公元前1300-1050 年或更晚。圓形雕刻成站立的貓頭鷹,身體表面仿古卷紋勾勒出它的翅膀和羽毛,頭部有鉤狀的喙和大耳朵,垂直穿過中央,從兩側水平穿過喙作爲懸掛。

來源:原匈牙利布達佩斯István Zelnik博士 Southeast Asian Gold Museum收藏。比利時Institutional art collection 購於上述美術館。István Zelnik博士是匈牙利South and Southeast Asian Research Institute東南亞研究所主席,曾是匈牙利高級外交官,他在東南亞工作了幾十年,建立了歐洲最大的亞洲藝術品私人收藏。
品相:狀況良好,舊時磨損,有風化和侵蝕的跡象。 輕微的劃痕和凹痕。 污漬殘留。石料上有幾道天然紋理,隨著時間的推移,其中一些已經發展成細小的裂縫。 包漿自然。

重量:15.8 克
尺寸:高3.3 厘米

拍賣結果比較:一件商代或稍晚的綠松石貓頭鷹挂件 (高4 厘米),見紐約邦翰思 Chinese Works of Art and Paintings 2021年3月15日 lot 8, 售價USD 24,062。

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