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AN ARCHAIC CEREMONIAL BONE CARVING, SHANG DYNASTY

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AN ARCHAIC CEREMONIAL BONE CARVING, SHANG DYNASTY 商代骨雕祭祀用器

China, 14th-11th century BC. A thin fragment of a hip bone, likely from a medium sized canine. Carved to one side with an impressive taotie mask and two kui dragons within a key-fret (leiwen) border, all in deep and high relief, adorned with neatly applied incision work, below a further key-fret band. The solid bone is smoothened around the edges with a fine sheen to the decorated surface.

Provenance: Galerie Wannieck, Paris, September to October 1942 (according to an ancient family ledger inspected by Cabinet Portier, Paris, France, during their appraisal of the complete de Strycker estate; this ledger remains in the possession of the de Strycker family and may not be copied). Collection of Robert and Isabelle de Strycker, acquired from the above and thence by descent in the same family. The display stand has three old collection labels. Robert de Strycker (1903-1968) was a French engineer who specialized in metallurgy. He was a Stanford graduate, a professor at the University of Leuven, a director of the Institute of Metallurgy at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, and one of the most influential members of the faculty of applied sciences. After World War II, he made large contributions to France's post-war recovery. Robert and his wife Isabelle (1915-2010) first encountered Chinese art at the British Museum during a stay in London in the 1930s. Enamored with the style and beauty, they both decided to study and collect Chinese works of art. In 1938 they eventually began to build their collection, buying from Belgian, Parisian, and English dealers. They kept close contact with the famous English collector Sir Harry Garner (1891-1977) and noted Czech collector and expert Fritz Low-Beer (1906-1976).
Condition: Good condition, commensurate with age. Possibly with some old fills. Extensive wear, losses, natural imperfections including foramina and fissures, encrustations, signs of weathering and erosion.

Weight: 29.2 g (excl. stand)
Dimensions: Length 9.8 cm (excl. stand)



With an old fitted velvet display stand, dating to the first half of the 20th century. (2)

Literature comparison:
For other examples of rare Shang bone carvings with similar taotie decoration included in the exhibition Early Chinese art from private collections, Eskenazi Ltd., London, 2016, cat. no. 2. Compare the carved bone example excavated from the tomb of the Shang royal consort Fu Hao, Anyang, Henan province, illustrated in Yin hsu Fu Hao mu, Beijing, 1980, pl. 179:1. A larger bone carving similarly adorned with ferocious masks and stylized cicadas, formerly in the Gibson and Stoclet collections, is said to have been discovered together with five other examples in Anyang, Henan; see Georges A. Salles and Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt, Collection Adolphe Stoclet, Brussels, 1956, pp. 328-31.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 9 October 2022, lot 104
Price: HKD 378,000 or approx. EUR 46,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: An archaic bone carving, Shang dynasty, Anyang period, 14th-13th century BC
Expert remark: Note the near-identical size (9.4 cm), the related carving work and applied technique.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Sotheby's New York, 22 March 2022, lot 4
Price: USD 10,710 or approx. EUR 10,500 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: Two fragments of a ceremonial bone spatula, Shang dynasty
Expert remark: Note that this lot comprises two different items that are both much smaller than the present carving (the longest being 7 cm).



商代骨雕祭祀用器
中國,西元前十四至十一世紀。髖骨的薄碎片,可能來自中等大小的犬科動物。 一側刻有饕餮面具和雷紋,邊框內可見兩條夔龍。堅固的骨頭邊緣光滑,切口整齊,表面光澤細膩。

來源:巴黎Wannieck藝廊,1942年9月至10月 (根據法國巴黎Portier內閣在評估整個de Strycker莊園時的一份家族老帳本; 該帳本仍由 de Strycker 家族所有,不得複製)。Robert與Isabelle de Strycker收藏,購於上述藝廊,在同一家族保存至今。Robert de Strycker (1903-1968) 是一位法國冶金工程師。他畢業於史丹佛大學,曾是魯汶大學教授,同時也是魯汶天主教大學冶金研究所所長,是應用科學學院最有影響力的成員之一。二戰後,他為法國的戰後復興做出了巨大貢獻。 Robert與他的妻子Isabelle (1915-2010)於 上世紀三十年代在大英博物館首次接觸到中國藝術。因爲其風格和美感所吸引,他們決定研究和收藏中國藝術品。1938 年,他們開始建立自己的收藏,從比利時、巴黎和英國經銷商處購買。 他們與英國著名收藏家Harry Garner爵士(1891-1977)和捷克著名收藏家兼專家Fritz Low-Beer (1906-1976)保持著密切聯繫。
品相:狀態良好,有一些填充。大面積磨損,包括孔和裂縫、結殼、風化和侵蝕。

重量:29.2 克 (不含底座)
尺寸:長 9.8 釐米 (不含底座)

配有天鵝絨展示架,應來自二十世紀上半葉。 (2)

文獻比較:
一件具有類似饕餮裝飾的稀有商代骨雕的,展於早期中國藝術展覽中,Eskenazi Ltd.,倫敦,2016年,目錄編號2。比較河南安陽商王妃婦好墓出土骨雕實例,載於《殷墟婦好墓》,北京,1980年,圖 179:1。在河南安陽還發現了一件較大的骨雕,同樣飾有凶猛的面具和風格化的蟬,曾收藏於Gibson和Stoclet收藏。另其他五件骨雕一起被發現,參見 Georges A. Salles 和 Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt,Adolphe Stoclet 收藏,布魯塞爾,1956 年,頁328-31。

拍賣結果比較:
形制:非常相近
拍賣:香港蘇富比,2022年10月9日,lot 104
價格:HKD 378,000(相當於今日EUR 46,000
描述:商代安陽時期公元前十四至十三世紀 骨雕禮器
專家評論:請注意幾乎相同的尺寸(9.4 厘米),以及相近的雕刻和技術。

拍賣結果比較:
形制:相近
拍賣:紐約蘇富比, 2022年3月22日,lot 4
價格:USD 10,710(相當於今日EUR 10,500
描述:商骨雕殘片兩件
專家評論:請注意此為兩件不同的骨雕,但尺寸小很多 (最長的為7 厘米)。
AN ARCHAIC CEREMONIAL BONE CARVING, SHANG DYNASTY 商代骨雕祭祀用器

China, 14th-11th century BC. A thin fragment of a hip bone, likely from a medium sized canine. Carved to one side with an impressive taotie mask and two kui dragons within a key-fret (leiwen) border, all in deep and high relief, adorned with neatly applied incision work, below a further key-fret band. The solid bone is smoothened around the edges with a fine sheen to the decorated surface.

Provenance: Galerie Wannieck, Paris, September to October 1942 (according to an ancient family ledger inspected by Cabinet Portier, Paris, France, during their appraisal of the complete de Strycker estate; this ledger remains in the possession of the de Strycker family and may not be copied). Collection of Robert and Isabelle de Strycker, acquired from the above and thence by descent in the same family. The display stand has three old collection labels. Robert de Strycker (1903-1968) was a French engineer who specialized in metallurgy. He was a Stanford graduate, a professor at the University of Leuven, a director of the Institute of Metallurgy at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, and one of the most influential members of the faculty of applied sciences. After World War II, he made large contributions to France's post-war recovery. Robert and his wife Isabelle (1915-2010) first encountered Chinese art at the British Museum during a stay in London in the 1930s. Enamored with the style and beauty, they both decided to study and collect Chinese works of art. In 1938 they eventually began to build their collection, buying from Belgian, Parisian, and English dealers. They kept close contact with the famous English collector Sir Harry Garner (1891-1977) and noted Czech collector and expert Fritz Low-Beer (1906-1976).
Condition: Good condition, commensurate with age. Possibly with some old fills. Extensive wear, losses, natural imperfections including foramina and fissures, encrustations, signs of weathering and erosion.

Weight: 29.2 g (excl. stand)
Dimensions: Length 9.8 cm (excl. stand)



With an old fitted velvet display stand, dating to the first half of the 20th century. (2)

Literature comparison:
For other examples of rare Shang bone carvings with similar taotie decoration included in the exhibition Early Chinese art from private collections, Eskenazi Ltd., London, 2016, cat. no. 2. Compare the carved bone example excavated from the tomb of the Shang royal consort Fu Hao, Anyang, Henan province, illustrated in Yin hsu Fu Hao mu, Beijing, 1980, pl. 179:1. A larger bone carving similarly adorned with ferocious masks and stylized cicadas, formerly in the Gibson and Stoclet collections, is said to have been discovered together with five other examples in Anyang, Henan; see Georges A. Salles and Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt, Collection Adolphe Stoclet, Brussels, 1956, pp. 328-31.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 9 October 2022, lot 104
Price: HKD 378,000 or approx. EUR 46,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: An archaic bone carving, Shang dynasty, Anyang period, 14th-13th century BC
Expert remark: Note the near-identical size (9.4 cm), the related carving work and applied technique.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Sotheby's New York, 22 March 2022, lot 4
Price: USD 10,710 or approx. EUR 10,500 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: Two fragments of a ceremonial bone spatula, Shang dynasty
Expert remark: Note that this lot comprises two different items that are both much smaller than the present carving (the longest being 7 cm).



商代骨雕祭祀用器
中國,西元前十四至十一世紀。髖骨的薄碎片,可能來自中等大小的犬科動物。 一側刻有饕餮面具和雷紋,邊框內可見兩條夔龍。堅固的骨頭邊緣光滑,切口整齊,表面光澤細膩。

來源:巴黎Wannieck藝廊,1942年9月至10月 (根據法國巴黎Portier內閣在評估整個de Strycker莊園時的一份家族老帳本; 該帳本仍由 de Strycker 家族所有,不得複製)。Robert與Isabelle de Strycker收藏,購於上述藝廊,在同一家族保存至今。Robert de Strycker (1903-1968) 是一位法國冶金工程師。他畢業於史丹佛大學,曾是魯汶大學教授,同時也是魯汶天主教大學冶金研究所所長,是應用科學學院最有影響力的成員之一。二戰後,他為法國的戰後復興做出了巨大貢獻。 Robert與他的妻子Isabelle (1915-2010)於 上世紀三十年代在大英博物館首次接觸到中國藝術。因爲其風格和美感所吸引,他們決定研究和收藏中國藝術品。1938 年,他們開始建立自己的收藏,從比利時、巴黎和英國經銷商處購買。 他們與英國著名收藏家Harry Garner爵士(1891-1977)和捷克著名收藏家兼專家Fritz Low-Beer (1906-1976)保持著密切聯繫。
品相:狀態良好,有一些填充。大面積磨損,包括孔和裂縫、結殼、風化和侵蝕。

重量:29.2 克 (不含底座)
尺寸:長 9.8 釐米 (不含底座)

配有天鵝絨展示架,應來自二十世紀上半葉。 (2)

文獻比較:
一件具有類似饕餮裝飾的稀有商代骨雕的,展於早期中國藝術展覽中,Eskenazi Ltd.,倫敦,2016年,目錄編號2。比較河南安陽商王妃婦好墓出土骨雕實例,載於《殷墟婦好墓》,北京,1980年,圖 179:1。在河南安陽還發現了一件較大的骨雕,同樣飾有凶猛的面具和風格化的蟬,曾收藏於Gibson和Stoclet收藏。另其他五件骨雕一起被發現,參見 Georges A. Salles 和 Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt,Adolphe Stoclet 收藏,布魯塞爾,1956 年,頁328-31。

拍賣結果比較:
形制:非常相近
拍賣:香港蘇富比,2022年10月9日,lot 104
價格:HKD 378,000(相當於今日EUR 46,000
描述:商代安陽時期公元前十四至十三世紀 骨雕禮器
專家評論:請注意幾乎相同的尺寸(9.4 厘米),以及相近的雕刻和技術。

拍賣結果比較:
形制:相近
拍賣:紐約蘇富比, 2022年3月22日,lot 4
價格:USD 10,710(相當於今日EUR 10,500
描述:商骨雕殘片兩件
專家評論:請注意此為兩件不同的骨雕,但尺寸小很多 (最長的為7 厘米)。

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§ 7) The buyer should take acquired items into possession, as far as possible, immediately or after the end of the auction. Items which have been fully paid for shall be handed over in our show rooms in GALERIE ZACKE, MARIAHILFERSTRASSE 112, 1070 VIENNA. If a deferred purchase price is not paid within the set period, the company shall be entitled to auction the item again in order to recoup its claim from the defaulting auction buyer. In this case, the defaulting auction buyer shall be liable to the company for the total loss of commission incurred by the company due to the re-auctioning as well as for any default interest and storage charges.

 

§ 8) The company shall be entitled to a lien on all items of the buyer irrespective of whether the buyer bought them within the scope of an auction or in free sale or the company secured ownership of these items otherwise. This lien shall serve to secure all current and future, qualified, limited and unmatured claims to which the company is entitled and which result from all legal transactions concluded with the buyer.

 

§ 9) The items received for auction will be exhibited and may be viewed prior to the auction. In doing so, the company shall give everyone the opportunity to check the nature and the condition of the exhibited items to the extent deemed possible within the scope of the exhibition. Every bidder shall be deemed to act on its own behalf unless it provides a written confirmation saying that it acts as a representative or agent of a well-known principal. The company may refuse bids; this shall particularly apply if a bidder who is unknown to the company or with whom the company has no business connections yet does not provide a security deposit before the auction. However, in principle there shall be no claim to accept a bid. If a bid has been refused, the previous bid shall remain effective.

 

§ 10) The company’s experts evaluate and describe the items received for auction and determine the starting prices unless otherwise stated in the catalog or expert opinion. The information concerning production technique or material, state of preservation, origin, design and age of an item is based on published or otherwise generally accessible (scientific) findings concluded by the company’s expert with the necessary care and accuracy. The company shall warrant to the buyer according to §34-38 of the AGB (Terms and Conditions) that properties are correct provided that any complaints referring to this are made within 45 days after the auction day. Subsequent complaints shall be excluded in principle. The company shall not be liable for any further information in the catalog and expert opinion as well. This shall also apply to illustrations in the catalog. The purpose of these illustrations is to guide the potential buyer during the preview. They shall not be authoritative for the condition or the characteristics of the pictured item. The published condition reports shall only mention defects and damage affecting the artistic or commercial value significantly. Complaints concerning the price shall be excluded upon acceptance of the bid. The company reserves the right to amend the catalog online prior to the auction. These amendments shall also be made public orally by the auctioneer during the auction. In this case, the company shall be liable for the amendment only. All items offered may be checked prior to the auction. These items are used. Any claims for damages exceeding the liability named above and resulting from other material defects or other defects of the item shall be excluded. When making the bid, the bidder confirms that he/she has inspected the item prior to the auction and has made sure that the item corresponds to the description.

 

§ 11) If a customer is not able to participate in an auction personally, the company shall accept purchase orders. These orders may be placed in writing via mail, e-mail, fax, www.zacke.at or a third party bidding platform. In the case of a purchase order placed by phone or orally, the company shall reserve the right to make the performance dependent on a confirmation from the principal communicated in writing. Furthermore, the company shall not be liable for the performance of purchase orders. Equal purchase orders or live bids will be considered in the order of their receipt. Bids which below the estimate shall be exhausted completely. Bids which do not correspond to the increments determined by the company (see bidding increment table) will be rounded up to the next higher increment. The table of these increments can be sent upon request. The written bid (purchase order) must include the item, the catalog number and the offered top bid limit which is quoted as the amount of the acceptance of the bid without buyer’s commission and without taxes. Ambiguities shall be carried by the bidder. A purchase order which has already been placed may only be cancelled if the written withdrawal is received by the company at least 72 hours prior to the beginning of the auction.

 

§ 12) The company may refuse a purchase order without explanation or make its execution dependent on payment of a security deposit. In the event of an unsuccessful order, such a deposit will be reimbursed by the company within 5 working days. Processing of purchase orders is free of charge.

 

§ 13) Every seller shall in principle be entitled to withdraw the items offered for auction until the start of the auction. Therefore, it is impossible to assume liability or to give warranty for the actual offering.

 

§ 14) Paid items must be collected within 30 days after payment. Items which have not been collected may be re-offered without further communication at the starting price from the recent auction reduced by 50%. Items which have not been collected within 30 days after the auction or for which the company does not receive any proper shipping instructions stating the type of shipping and the address of dispatch (independent of a possibly placed purchase order) shall be stored at the owner’s risk. Furthermore, the company shall be entitled to store items which have been purchased at auction and paid but not collected at the buyer ś risk and expense, including the costs for an insurance, with a forwarding agency. It shall be understood that the provision concerning the re-auctioning of unpaid and paid but not collected items must also apply to items not exhibited or stored on the premises of the company. The ownership shall be transferred to the buyer at the time of handing over the issuing note.

 

§ 15) In the case of mixed lots with a starting price of less than EUR 350.00, the company shall not warrant for the completeness or correctness of the individual items within a mixed lot.

 

§ 16) A registration for a bid by telephone for one or several items shall automatically represent a bid at the starting price of these items. If the company cannot reach a bidder by telephone, it will bid the starting price on behalf of this bidder when the respective lot is up for auction.

 

§ 17) Payments made to the company by mistake (through the payer ś fault) (e. g. due to miscalculation of the exchange rate by the payer) or payments made to the company for the same invoice several times shall be compensated in form of a credit note for goods for an indefinite period of time. The repayment of such payments in cash shall be excluded.

 

§ 18) Certain auction lots may exist several times (multiples). In such a case, the auctioneer may accept a second, third or even more bids from the underbidder(s). In this case, the text in the catalog and not the illustration shall be exclusively binding with regard to the warranty.

 

§ 19) The company reserves the right to assign to the buyer all rights and obligations resulting from the contractual relationship between the company and the seller by way of a respective declaration, as well as to assign to the seller all rights and obligations resulting from the contractual relationship between the company and the buyer by way of a respective declaration, in each case in terms of a complete assignment of contract with the result that the contractual relationship - following the submission of the aforementioned declarations by the company – shall exclusively be between the seller and the buyer, all of which is in accordance with the basic model of the commission agreement. Buyers and sellers shall already now give their explicit consent to this contract assignment.

 

§ 20) The place of performance of the contract brought about between the company on the one hand and the seller as well as the buyer on the other hand shall be the place of business of the company. The legal relationships and contracts existing between the company, the sellers and the buyers shall be subject to Austrian law. The company, the sellers and the buyers shall agree to settle all disputes resulting from, concerning and in connection with this contract before the territorially competent court of Vienna.

 

§ 21) The export of certain art objects from Austria shall require a permit from the Bundesdenkmalamt [Federal Monuments Office]. The company will orally provide information about art objects for which such export permit will probably not be granted at the beginning of the auction.

 

§ 22) Whenever making a bid, whether personally or via an agent, in writing, online, telephone, or in any other way, the bidder fully and unconditionally accepts the Terms of Auction, the ‘Important Information’ section in the auction catalog, the Terms and Conditions (AGB) of Galerie Zacke, §1-48, the Fee Tariff, and the Bidding Increments table, all as published on www.zacke.at on the day of the auction.

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