Christie’s to Offer One of the Most Important Collections of Archaic Bronzes

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NEW YORK (AP).- Christie’s announced that it has been entrusted with the sale of The Sze Yuan Tang Archaic Bronzes from the Anthony Hardy Collection on September 16 as part of Christie’s Fall Asian Art Week. This collection of approximately 120 lots valued in excess of $15 million will be led by a very rare and important archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel, Li, from the late Shang dynasty, 12th century BC. Theow H. Tow, Honorary Chairman of Asia and Deputy Chairman of Americas, said: “Anthony Hardy has studied and amassed an unrivalled personal collection of important Chinese archaic bronze vessels. His connoisseurship over the past 40 years has been informed by his interest in the precision of casting, patination, pictogram inscription and of course provenance of each item. We are honored to provide a unique opportunity for established and new collectors to acquire not only icons of China’s Bronze Age