Alain.R.Truong

29 mars 2015

Jarre, Vietnam, Culture de Đông Sơn, ca 500 BCE-100 BCE

Jarre, Vietnam, Culture de Đông Sơn, ca 500 BCE-100 BCE

Jarre, Vietnam, Culture de Đông Sơn, ca 500 BCE-100 BCEEstimation : 150 € / 250 €. Photo Cornette de Saint-Cyr

Terre cuite. H. 15 cm. 
Décor de « bambou tressé » 

Pièce de comparaisonUne jarre similaire a été retrouvée à Quê Duong, Bac Ninh (Nguyên Phuc Long, 1975, ill. 226).

CORNETTE DE SAINT CYR PARIS. Arts d’Asie - Art Tribal, le 14 Avril 2015 à 14h30. 6, Avenue Hoche - 75008 PARIS. Expert : Cabinet Daffos-Estournel (Tel. : +33 6 09 22 55 13). Consultant pour le Vietnam : Monsieur Philippe Truong (Tel. : +33 6 31 34 40 59)


Pot sur pied, Vietnam, Culture de Đông Sơn, ca 500 BCE-100 BCE

Pot sur pied, Vietnam, Culture de Đông Sơn, ca 500 BCE-100 BCE

Pot sur pied, Vietnam, Culture de Đông Sơn, ca 500 BCE-100 BCEEstimation : 150 € / 250 €. Photo Cornette de Saint-Cyr

Terre cuite. H. 33 cm. 
Décor à base de suite de points et d’impression de tressage. 

CORNETTE DE SAINT CYR PARIS. Arts d’Asie - Art Tribal, le 14 Avril 2015 à 14h30. 6, Avenue Hoche - 75008 PARIS. Expert : Cabinet Daffos-Estournel (Tel. : +33 6 09 22 55 13). Consultant pour le Vietnam : Monsieur Philippe Truong (Tel. : +33 6 31 34 40 59)

Nazi-Looted El Greco Returned to Rightful Owners

El Greco's Portrait of a Man

El Greco, “Portrait of a Gentleman”, 1570, oil on canvas (courtesy Commission for Looted Art in Europe). 

BERLIN — A painting by El Greco that was seized by the Gestapo in Vienna in 1938 has been returned to the owner's heirs.

"Portrait of a Gentleman" was known to have been in New York in the 1950s. Attempts by the owner, Julius Priester, who had fled Vienna, to recover the artwork after the war were unsuccessful. He died in 1954.

Several decades later his heirs put in a claim for the work. It had changed hands several times and was at another New York dealership. The dealer cooperated readily and the El Greco returned to Preister's family, now in Britain.

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A pair of yellow-ground green-enamelled 'Dragon' bowls, Marks and period of Kangxi

A pair of yellow-ground green-enamelled 'Dragon' bowls, Marks and period of Kangxi

A pair of yellow-ground green-enamelled 'Dragon' bowls, Marks and period of Kangxi2

A pair of yellow-ground green-enamelled 'Dragon' bowls, Marks and period of Kangxi3

A pair of yellow-ground green-enamelled 'Dragon' bowls, Marks and period of KangxiEstimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD (56,972 - 79,760 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

each delicately potted with deep rounded sides rising to a flared rim, all resting on a short straight foot, the exterior engraved with two striding five-clawed dragons amidst flames, each chasing a flaming pearl, all above a border of ruyi-heads circling the foot, the rim bordered with a classic scroll band, the interior centred with a medallion enclosing a shou character, the designs all picked out in green against a bright yellow ground, the white base inscribed in underglaze-blue with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle, wood stands; 10.2 cm., 4 in.

ProvenancePurchased in Paris, 1990s. 

Sotheby's. Imperial Porcelain and Works of Art from a Hong Kong Private Collection, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2015, 10:15 AM

A fine café-au-lait ground Famille-Rose wall vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong

A fine café-au-lait ground Famille-Rose wall vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong

A fine café-au-lait ground Famille-Rose wall vase, Seal mark and period of QianlongEstimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD (68,366 - 91,155 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

of flattened section with a baluster body rising from a splayed foot to a waisted neck and flared rim, the neck flanked by a pair of stylised blue and iron-red phoenix handles, the body decorated with a slightly recessed peach-shaped panel enamelled in famille-rose with a wondrous scene of the jimen yanshu ('Misty forest in Jimen'), highlighted with two scholars walking towards two pavilions set against a mountainous landscape, the setting detailed with ruyi-shaped cloud swirls and verdant vegetation, inscribed with an excerpt from a poem by the Qianlong Emperor and followed by a seal reading Qianlong, all within the café-au-lait ground gilt and silver-decorated in precise detail with lotus scrolls and butterflies, the interior enamelled turquoise, mounted to wood stand; 21.5 cm., 8 3/8  in.

ProvenancePurchased in Paris, 1990s. 

NoteThe poem on this wall vase may be translated as follows:

Looking from the South, the Imperial capital is 
          surrounded by an auspicious air,
          The clouds of five colours protect the Phoenix Terrace.

Compare related free-standing vases decorated with this motif and poem on a café-au-lait ground, such as one sold in these rooms, 29th November 1978, lot 304; and another sold in our London rooms, 9th November 2005, lot 311. See also a pair of pink ground wall vases painted with a similar idyllic landscape, with Qianlong marks and of the period, sold in our New York rooms, 28th November 1994, lot 377.

The innovation of wall vases can be traced back to at least the Ming dynasty. They were used to hold flowers in indoor settings as well as inside sedan chairs. A wall vase hanging on the interior of a sedan chair is depicted in the painting An Ice Game by Jin Kun, Cheng Zhidao and Fu Longan, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Paintings by the Court Artists of the Qing Court, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 61.

Sotheby's. Imperial Porcelain and Works of Art from a Hong Kong Private Collection, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2015, 10:15 AM

 



A pair of yellow-ground Famille-Rose quatrefoil 'Tea-poem' trays, Seal marks and period of Jiaqing

A pair of yellow-ground Famille-Rose quatrefoil 'Tea-poem' trays, Seal marks and period of Jiaqing

A fine and rare black-ground and green enamelled dish, Mark and period of Yongzheng

A pair of yellow-ground Famille-Rose quatrefoil 'Tea-poem' trays, Seal marks and period of Jiaqing3

A pair of yellow-ground Famille-Rose quatrefoil 'Tea-poem' trays, Seal marks and period of JiaqingEstimate 700,000 — 900,000 HKD (79,760 - 102,549 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

the shallow lobed sides of quatrefoil section, resting on four slightly incurved elongated gilt feet, the interior centred with a quatrefoil panel enclosing an imperial poem pertaining to the preparation of tea and dated to the dingsi year of Jiaqing's reign (corresponding to 1797), all within two bands of scrolling lotus and florets bordering the gilt rim, the exterior similarly decorated with a composite floral scroll band, all the detail picked out in shaded tones of pink, blue and green against a brilliant yellow ground, the yellow base centred with an iron-red six-character seal mark within a white panel, wood stands; 6.8 cm., 6 5/8  in.

Noteclosely related tray, inscribed with a poem composed by the Jiaqing emperor on the correct preparation of tea, illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. CXI, no. 2, was sold in these rooms, 1st November 1974, lot 335.

Jiaqing mark and period dishes of this type are also known painted in underglaze blue; see one included in the exhibitionTreasures of Imperial Porcelain. Official Kiln Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty Collected by Hangzhou Tu Huo Zhai Museum of Antique Ceramics, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Hangzhou, 2011, cat. no. 146; another, from the collection of Mr and Mrs Albert Nipon of Gladwyne, sold in these rooms, 1st November 1994, lot 168; and a pair, from the George Weishaupt collection, one illustrated in Gunhild Avitabile, From the Dragon's Treasure, London, 1987, pl. 13, sold in our London rooms, 16th October 1995, lot 1. 

Stephen W. Bushell, in Oriental Ceramic Art, London, 1981, p. 239, translates the poem on the bowls as follows: 

Finest tribute tea of the first picking
          And a bright full moon prompts poetry.
          A lively fire glows in the bamboo stove.
          The water is boiling in the stone griddle,
          Small bubbles rise like ears of fish or crab.
          Of rare Qi Qiang tea, rolled in tony balls.
          One cup is enough to lighten the heart,
          And dissipate the early winter chill.

This poem adorned a variety of teawares and reveals the Jiaqing emperor's enjoyment of tea. 

Dated to the dingsi year of Jiaqing's reign (corresponding to 1797) this poem was written by Jiaqing and adorns a variety of teawares, revealing his appreciation of tea.

Sotheby's. Imperial Porcelain and Works of Art from a Hong Kong Private Collection, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2015, 10:15 AM

 

A fine pair of wucai 'Dragon and Phoenix' bowls, Marks and period of Kangxi

A fine pair of wucai 'Dragon and Phoenix' bowls, Marks and period of Kangxi

A fine pair of wucai 'Dragon and Phoenix' bowls, Marks and period of Kangxi2

A fine pair of wucai 'Dragon and Phoenix' bowls, Marks and period of Kangxi3

A fine pair of  wucai 'Dragon and Phoenix' bowls, Marks and period of KangxiEstimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD (113,943 - 170,915 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

each with deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to a gently flared rim, the exterior vividly decorated with a green and a red dragon striding in pursuit of flaming pearls, interrupted by a pair of descending phoenix, all below a band of bajixiang and ruyi emblems, the interior with a medallion enclosing a red five-clawed dragon writhing next to a flaming pearl, the base inscribed in underglaze-blue with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle, wood stands; 13 cm., 5 1/8  in.

ProvenancePurchased in Paris, 1990s. 

NoteBowls painted in brilliant wucai enamels with a dragon and phoenix among a leafy scroll were an innovation of the Kangxi period. This auspicious design, which refers to the Emperor and Empress and conveys the wish for a happy marriage, grew in popularity in the succeeding reigns, when large quantities of bowls of this type were produced.

Kangxi mark and period bowls of three different sizes from the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, were included in the exhibitionQing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1995, cat. no. 26; a pair in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, is illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, pl. 153; a single bowl from the collection of C.P. Lin was included in the exhibited Elegant Form and Harmonious Decoration, Percival David Foundation, London, 1992, cat. no. 121; and a pair was included in the Hong Kong Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition Ch’ing Polychrome Porcelain, Fung Ping Shan Museum, Hong Kong, 1977, cat. no. 32.

See also a pair of slightly larger bowls in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in the exhibition Kangxi. Empereur de Chine, Musée National du Château de Versailles, Versailles, 2004, cat. no. 59; and a slightly smaller bowl, also from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 135.

For a later version of this motif, see a Qianlong mark and period bowl in the Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum, illustrated inKeitokuchin Jiki [Jingdezhen porcelain], Kyoto, 1982, p. 119 (bottom).

Sotheby's. Imperial Porcelain and Works of Art from a Hong Kong Private Collection, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2015, 10:15 AM

A fine and rare black-ground and green enamelled dish, Mark and period of Yongzheng

A fine and rare black-ground and green enamelled dish, Mark and period of Yongzheng

A fine and rare black-ground and green enamelled dish, Mark and period of Yongzheng2

A fine and rare black-ground and green enamelled dish, Mark and period of YongzhengEstimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD (227,887 - 341,830 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

delicately potted with shallow rounded sides resting on a short foot, the interior enamelled in translucent emerald-green with two finches perched on a gnarled branch, the scene detailed with two large peony blossoms and smaller floral buds borned on stems issuing from rockwork, the reverse similarly decorated in green enamel with a leafy lingzhi scroll, all against a black ground, the white base inscribed in underglaze-blue with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle, wood stand; 14.9 cm., 5 7/8  in.

ProvenanceA private English collection.
Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art, London, 2006.

BibliographyLittleton & Hennessy Asian Art, London, 2006, cat. no. 15, front cover.

NoteThis striking dish, with its vibrant green silhouette-like design against a glossy black ground, belongs to a small group of green and black wares produced during the Yongzheng period. The technique has its origins in Kangxi wares, traditionally classified as famille-noire which was an extension of famille-verte decoration on which the enamels were set against a black ground. These green and black wares were created by covering the overall dish in translucent green enamel before reserving the design and adding fine details with black pigment. By the Yongzheng period this technique had become more refined through a finer porcelain body and layering the black to produce the glossy opaque effect as seen on the present dish. Few examples of these wares exist due to the difficulty in production.

A closely related dish, and possibly the pair to the present piece, was sold at Christie's London, 9th November 2004, lot 179. Further dishes belonging to this set include a pair, decorated with a flowering prunus branch extending across the interior and a lotus meander supporting the bajixiang on the exterior, sold in these rooms, 23rd May 1975, lot 164; and another pair, from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, sold at Christie's New York, 21st September 2000, lot 400, now in the Wang Xing Lou collection, included in the exhibition Imperial Perfection. The Palace Porcelain of Three Chinese Emperors, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 2004, cat. no. 32. A slightly larger pair of dishes depicting insects crawling amongst peony and chrysanthemum branches was sold in our London rooms, 6th July 1971, lot 230, and again at Christie's London, 6th November 2007, lot 180. Compare also a similarly decorated dish, but decorated with a central panel depicting a bird amongst flowers and surrounded by a flowerscroll band, published in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. 2, Geneva, 1999, pl. 206.  

For a Kangxi mark and period prototype, see a brushwasher, from the collections of J.M. Hu and Gerald M. Greenwald, sold twice at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th October 1995, lot 721, and 1st December 2010, lot 2814.  This technique continued under the Qianlong emperor; see a large dish painted with birds and butterflies amongst trees within a more complex design of the bajixiang and lotus meander, sold at Christie's London, 5th June 1995, lot 210, and again in these rooms, 10th April 2006, lot 1520.

Sotheby's. Imperial Porcelain and Works of Art from a Hong Kong Private Collection, Hong Kong, 07 avr. 2015, 10:15 AM

28 mars 2015

A natural pearl and diamond brooch

A natural pearl and diamond brooch

A natural pearl and diamond broochEstimate US$ 15,000 - 20,000 (€14,000 - 18,000). Photo Bonhams.

designed as a pierced and openwork pavé-set diamond plaque of oval outline, centering a greenish gray natural pearl, measuring approximately 8.82 x 8.70mm, flanked by old European-cut diamonds; larger diamonds weigh approximately 0.75 carat each; estimated total diamond weight: 4.35 carats; mounted in platinum; length: 2 1/8in.

Accompanied by GIA report #2165801551, dated November 17, 2014, stating: the pearl of natural origin, saltwater, no indications of treatment.

Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY, 15 Apr 2015 14:00 EDT - NEW YORK

A pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendants

A pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendants

A pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendantsEstimate US$ 7,000 - 9,000 (€6,400 - 8,300). Photo Bonhams.

each suspending a baroque natural pearl, measuring approximately 10.32 x 7.65mm and 10.00 x 9.67mm, from a single-cut diamond cap and old-cut diamond line surmount; mounted in platinum and white gold; length: 1 1/4in. 

Accompanied by GIA report #516127399, dated June 13, 2014, stating: natural pearl, saltwater, no indication of treatment.

Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY, 15 Apr 2015 14:00 EDT - NEW YORK



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