Roger Keverne Ltd

Bonhams London
London, New Bond Street

Date of the auction: 11.05.2021

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A RARE GREY AND RUSSET JADE CONG

Neolithic Period/Shang Dynasty The thick-walled cong carved with rectangular, flat sides, projecting corners and a shallow collar at each end, the pale greyish-green stone with areas of brown and buff opaque inclusions. 7.3cm (3in) wide

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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FIVE ARCHAIC JADE AND HARDSTONE CARVINGS

Neolithic Period to Shang Dynasty Comprising a green and black jade axe blade, Neolithic period, 16.5cm (6 1/2in) long; two hardstone axe blades, Neolithic period, the largest 16cm (6 1/4in) long; a green and russet jade circular cong, Neolithic period, 9cm (3 1/2in) diam; and a serrated amber-toned

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE CALCIFIED JADE DISC, BI

Late Warring States/Western Han Dynasty Carved on each side in low relief with a dense pattern of comma-shaped whorls between ridged bands at the rim and centre, the stone of beige-white tone, box. 14.3cm (5 5/8in) diam. (2

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE PALE GREEN JADE SLIT DISC, JUE

Spring and Autumn Period Of circular form, pierced with a hole in the centre with a slit through the edge, one side incised with a stylised dragon, the stone of pale green tone. 3.5cm (1 3/8in) diam

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 11 May 2021

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AN ARCHAIC JADE BEAD AND TWO HARDSTONE BEADS

Zhou Dynasty The jade bead of tapering cylindrical form, hollow through the centre, incised around the exterior with continuous archaic scrolls, the stone of dark-green tone with beige inclusions, visible traces of red pigment remaining; the two hardstone beads of rectangular form with an aperture

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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A BURNISHED POTTERY JAR

Neolithic Period, Siwa Culture With an ovoid body rising from a small flat base, widening at the shoulder, applied with a pair of loop handled. 32.5cm (12 3/4in) high

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £600 - £1,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE GREY POTTERY BASKET-SHAPED VESSEL

Neolithic Period Potted with straight tapering sides rising to a wide mouth, incised around the exterior with a cross-hatched basket weave pattern beneath bands of rope-twist pattern. 24.5cm (9 5/8in) high

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE CALCIFIED GREEN AND RUSSET JADE FISH PENDANT

Shang Dynasty Of flattened form with dorsal fins and incised eyes, an aperture drilled at the mouth, the stone with calcification and traces of red pigment. 6.9cm (2 6/8in) long

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE PALE GREEN AND RUSSET JADE FISH PENDANT

Spring and Autumn/Warring States Period With elongated body and bifurcated tail, carved on both sides with fins and detailed scales, 5.4cm (2 1/8in) long; together with an early oatmeal-coloured jade pendant, Warring States period, of indented rectangular form decorated with 'C'-scroll designs

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE CALCIFIED JADE CARVING OF A PIG

Han Dynasty Boldly detailed with almond-shaped eyes and gently raised spine, an aperture drilled through the back, the stone of pale buff colour accented with darker streaks and finished with a lustrous polish, box. 11.3cm (4 3/8in) long. (2

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL VESSEL, ZHI

Late Shang Dynasty The compressed pear-shaped body of oval section standing on a high oval foot, finely cast with a band of confronted kui dragons divided by a central flange on a leiwen ground, with a further band decorated with similar designs around the foot, the bronze with green malachite

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, GU

Late Shang Dynasty Of slender form rising to an elegantly flaring trumpet neck, the middle section and spreading foot cast with two taotie masks decorated with leiwen, divided and separated by vertical notched flanges, with a band of cicadas above the masks on the foot, all reserved on leiwen

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL BELL, BO

Eastern Zhou Dynasty The instrument with a pointed oval section, cast on each side with four horizontal bands, the broad lowest band decorated with low-relief designs depicting taotie masks flanked by stylised dragons patterned in leiwen spirals, the upper three bands each bearing six large

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £2,000 - £4,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL BELL, NAO

Late Shang Dynasty The body of lenticular section, crisply cast in high relief on each side with a taotie mask with buffalo horns, the hollow tapering shank opening into the base of the bell, all under a mottled malachite shallow encrustation, metal stand. 17.5cm (6 7/8in) high. (2

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL LADLE, DOU

Shang Dynasty The barrel-shaped bowl cast with the deep rounded sides rising from a slightly concave base, the short handle gently curved upward, decorated to the top in relief with a taotie mask, with a hollow interior to facilitate attachment to a longer shaft. 15.5cm (6 1/8in) long

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A VERY RARE AND LARGE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, FANGLEI

Shang Dynasty Of rectangular section with high rounded shoulders, cast with eight large pendent triangular blades each enclosing a taotie mask above a small cicada and one with a central raised animal mask, each side with a broad band of further taotie divided by flanges against a leiwen ground

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £50,000 - £80,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE DOCUMENTARY GREY POTTERY RITUAL FOOD VESSEL AND COVER, DOU

Western Jin Dynasty The circular base rising to a tall cylindrical shaft with three tiers of ribbed bands, the spherical vessel with applied lug handles on both the domed cover and base section, impressed archaistic inscription cartouche. 46.5cm (18 1/4in) high. (2

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF GREY POTTERY GOOSE-HEAD BOTTLE VASES

Han Dynasty Each vase standing on a slightly spreading base, rising to a large compressed globular body and elegantly slender neck terminating in a goose head with beak and almond-shaped eyes, the top of the head forming the mouth. The taller 34.5cm (13 5/8in) high. (2

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE BRONZE HORSE-HARNESS FRONTLET

Chu Kingdom Crisply cast with a mythical-beast head, with bulging eyes and flaring nostrils beneath stylised, angular horns, a long tongue issuing from the mouth, plastic stand. 26.8cm (10 1/2in) long. (2

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE PAIR OF BRONZE HUMAN MASKS

Chu Kingdom Each of the anthropomorphic fittings cast with large round bulging eyes below a strong brow and between stylised loop ears, all above a protruding round nose and grinning mouth, the dark patinated surface with patches of malachite encrustation, wood stand. 6.5cm (2 1/2in) wide. (3

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A PAIR OF GILT-BRONZE 'TAOTIE MASK' HANDLES

Han Dynasty Each crisply cast with two short horns flanking a pointed cranium, large bulbous eyes and a loop from the mouth, the front surface with extensive gilding remaining, stand. Each 4.5cm (1 3/4in) wide. (3

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF A SHAMAN

Zhou Dynasty Cast upright in the manner of a Sichuan pottery standing shaman with an unusual pointed ribbed hat, bare chest showing his ribs , and a simple cloth skirt, stand. 7cm (2 3/4in) high (2

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE GILT-BRONZE BEAR-SHAPED SUPPORT

Han Dynasty The hollow-cast bear crouching with both forepaws resting on the hips, the head with short muzzle, wide staring eyes and rounded ears, the upper part of the reverse cast open with a horizontal projection behind the head. 4.5cm (1 3/4in) high

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 11 May 2021

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A PARTIALLY-PAINTED WOOD HORSE HEAD

Han Dynasty Formed of two separate parts, modelled facing forward, with alert expression defined by pricked ears, detailed nostrils and eyes, arched neck and mouth open in a whinny expression, with traces of coloured pigments remaining. 37cm (14 1/2in) high. (2

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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A VERY LARGE SICHUAN RED POTTERY MODEL OF A HORSE

Han Dynasty Boldly modelled in mid-stride with a gracefully-arched neck and powerful face with bulging eyes below a split forelock, pricked ears, pronounced jaw and flaring nostrils, the short tail neatly cropped. 109cm (43in) high

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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A VERY RARE POTTERY MODEL OF AN ELEPHANT

Early Tang Dynasty Finely-modelled as an elephant standing foursquare with head held straight and curving trunk, covered overall with a white slip. 20cm (8in) long

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021

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A PAINTED GREY POTTERY FLASK, BIANHU, AND A BURNISHED GREY POTTERY AMPHORA VASE

Han Dynasty The bianhu imitating a bronze flask raised on a flared rectangular foot with faceted corners, each side moulded with a heart-shaped panel reserved on a red ground, with loop and ring handles on the shoulders, 30cm (11 7/8in) wide; the amphora relief moulded on each side with two spirals

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £600 - £800

Date: 11 May 2021

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A VERY LARGE PAINTED POTTERY TRIPOD INCENSE BURNER, LIAN

Han Dynasty The vessel boldly painted around the cylindrical body with a central border of orange-red pigment between thickened rims, all raised on three short stocky legs. 26.6cm (10 1/2in) high

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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AN UNUSUAL BRONZE 'KNEELING ENTERTAINER' INCENSE BURNER AND COVER, BOSHANLU

Han Dynasty The vessel comprising a pierced cover cast as a pierced mountain-peaks range shallowly decorated with wild animals and human figures and surmounted by a seated monkey, on a bowl raised aloft on the right arm of a crouching 'strong man' wearing a pointed hat, his face fully defined with

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 11 May 2021

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL AND COVER, DUI

Warring States Period The domed cover and rounded base completely interchangeable cast in mirror image, of plain hemispherical form, each applied with two plain loop handles at the rim and three upright handles/feet in the shape of standing stylised dragons. 24cm (9 1/2in) high. (2

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 11 May 2021