Alain.R.Truong

18 avril 2015

A small blue and white jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

A small blue and white jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

A small blue and white jar, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Estimate HK$180,000-300,000 (US$24,000-39,000). Unsold. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The globular body is painted with a frieze of chrysanthemum scroll between a band of pendent lotus petals below and a band of classic
scroll above. 3,7/8 in. (10 cm.) high

Provenance: Ronald W. Longsdorf, collection label no. 914

Christie's. THE PAVILION SALE - CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 6 April 2015, 22nd Floor

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Platinum and Diamond Ring

Platinum and Diamond Ring

Platinum and 12.27 carats Diamond Ring. Estimate 240,000 — 280,000 USD (218,124 - 254,478 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's

Centering an oval-shaped diamond weighing 12.27 carats, flanked by triangle-shaped brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 3.20 carats, size 5¼.

Accompanied by GIA report no. 8446838 dated April 14, 1994 stating that the diamond is F color, SI1 clarity. 

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels New York, 21 avr. 2015, 10:00 AM

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Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Carvin French & Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Ring, Tiffany & Co., circa 1925

 

Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Carvin French

Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Carvin French & Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Ring, Tiffany & Co. Photo courtesy Sotheby's

Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Carvin French 2

Platinum, Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Carvin French. Estimate 275,000 — 325,000 USD (249,934 - 295,377 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's. 

Centering a cushion-cut sapphire weighing 5.80 carats, flanked by tapered baguette diamonds weighing approximately .60 carat, size 6, with maker's mark.

 Accompanied by AGL report no. CS 63492 stating that the sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating.

Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Ring, Tiffany & Co

Platinum, Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring, Tiffany & Co., circa 1925. Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 USD (227,213 - 318,098 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's

Centering an oval-shaped cabochon emerald measuring approximately 19.2 by 12.6 by 7.7 mm, flanked by trapeze-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.60 carats, further set with square-cut diamonds weighing approximately .25 carat, size 6½, signed Tiffany & Co.; circa 1925. With signed box.

Accompanied by AGL report no. CS 60816 stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin, clarity enhancement: minor, type: traditional.

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels New York, 21 avr. 2015, 10:00 AM

Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, Harry Winston

Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, Harry Winston Lot Sotheby's

Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, Harry Winston

Platinum, Burmese Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, Harry WinstonEstimate 300,000 — 400,000 USD (272,655 - 363,541 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's

The necklace designed as a rivière, set with 73 round diamonds weighing approximately 42.00 carats, length 15¼ inches, with maker's mark; circa 1978; suspending a detachable pendant centering a pear-shaped sapphire weighing 16.95 carats, framed by round and pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 5.95 carats; circa 1979. With signed box.

Accompanied by GIA report no. 2135275937 stating that the sapphire is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating.

Accompanied by AGL report no. CS 66547 stating that the sapphire is natural corundum, with no indications of heating.

Accompanied by SSEF report no. 79277 stating that the sapphire is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating.

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels New York, 21 avr. 2015, 10:00 AM

Platinum and Diamond Ring

Platinum and Diamond Ring

Platinum and Diamond Ring 2

Platinum and 12.14 carats Diamond Ring. Estimate 325,000 — 425,000 USD (295,377 - 386,262 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's

Centering an emerald-cut diamond weighing 12.14 carats, flanked by tapered baguette diamonds weighing approximately 1.20 carats, size 5¼.

Accompanied by GIA report no. 11448458 stating that the diamond is H color, VVS2 clarity.

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels New York, 21 avr. 2015, 10:00 AM

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A blue and white bottle vase, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

A blue and white bottle vase, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

A blue and white bottle vase, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th centuryEstimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP (2,713 - 4,070 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

he pear-shaped body rising from a tapering foot to a waisted neck flaring at the rim, the exterior painted with panels enclosing stylised floral sprays, all below a wide band of further floral sprays, Japanese wood box;together with a Zhangzhou polychrome-decorated bottle vase, Japanese wood box inscribed by Fujiō Koyama. Quantité: 4 - 13.5cm., 5 3/5 in.

Sotheby's. The Soul of Japanese Aesthetics – The Tsuneichi Inoue Collection, Londres, 13 mai 2015, 10:00 AM

A ‘Cizhou’ painted and turquoise-glazed bottle vase, Ming dynasty

A ‘Cizhou’ painted and turquoise-glazed bottle vase, Ming dynasty

A ‘Cizhou’ painted and turquoise-glazed bottle vase, Ming dynastyEstimate 1,500 — 2,000 GBP (2,035 - 2,713 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the pear-shaped body rising from a splayed foot to a tall cylindrical neck with lipped rim, boldly painted with a wide band of floral scroll, the neck with overlapping lotus lappets and a criss-cross band, all divided by double lines, covered overall in a rich turquoise glaze, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 2 - 17.5cm., 6 7/8 in.

Sotheby's. The Soul of Japanese Aesthetics – The Tsuneichi Inoue Collection, Londres, 13 mai 2015, 10:00 AM

An aubergine-ground yellow and cobalt-blue enamelled ‘Dragon’ bowl, Jiajing mark and period

An aubergine-ground yellow and cobalt-blue enamelled ‘Dragon’ bowl, Jiajing mark and period

An aubergine-ground yellow and cobalt-blue enamelled ‘Dragon’ bowl, Jiajing mark and period (inside view)

An aubergine-ground yellow and cobalt-blue enamelled ‘Dragon’ bowl, Jiajing mark and period (mark)

An aubergine-ground yellow and cobalt-blue enamelled ‘Dragon’ bowl, Jiajing mark and periodEstimate 20,000 — 25,000 GBP (27,130 - 33,913 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the deep rounded sides supported on a tapered foot, the exterior incised and decorated with two yellow-enamelled five-clawed dragons pacing amongst clouds above a lappet band, the interior similarly decorated in cobalt-blue enamels with a central medallion enclosing a sprig of lingzhi, encircled by further lingzhi scrolls and a chevron band, all reserved against an aubergine ground, the base incised with a six-character reign mark within double circles, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 2 - 14cm., 5 1/2 in.

ProvenanceMayuyama & Co. Ltd., Tokyo.

ExhibitionGen Min meihin ten [Exhibition of Yuan and Ming ceramics], The Japan Ceramic Society, Tokyo, 1956, cat. no. 149.

NotesThis bowl is unusual in its combination of bright overglaze enamels, reflecting the great level of experimentation exercised by the Jingdezhen potters active in the Jiajing reign. Suzanne G. Valenstein in A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, p. 191, notes that potters of the mid-16th century ‘were adept and imaginative with their palette of enamels and sought to achieve a maximum number of effects’. The use of low-fired cobalt on the interior of this vessel appears to have been inspired by fahua wares produced in both Northern and Southern China from the 14th century onwards. These glazes are watery when running thin, while deep and opaque when thick, thus allowing the potter to achieve an attractive shading effect. 

Bowls of this type are rare, although a closely related bowl from the Su Lin An collection, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 31st October 1995, lot 322, where the lingzhi scroll on the interior is described as painted in underglaze blue.

Bowls decorated with yellow dragons over an aubergine ground but undecorated on the interior, are more commonly known with Wanli marks and of the period; see one in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics, London, 2001, pl. 11:143; and another, from the T.Y. Chao collection, sold twice in our Hong Kong rooms, 16th May 1977, lot 51, and 19th May 1987, lot 258.

Sotheby's. The Soul of Japanese Aesthetics – The Tsuneichi Inoue Collection, Londres, 13 mai 2015, 10:00 AM

A yellow-ground green-enamelled ‘Longevity’ dish, Jiajing mark and period

A yellow-ground green-enamelled ‘Longevity’ dish, Jiajing mark and period

A yellow-ground green-enamelled ‘Longevity’ dish, Jiajing mark and period (verso)

A yellow-ground green-enamelled ‘Longevity’ dish, Jiajing mark and period. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 GBP (20,348 - 27,130 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's

the shallow rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a flared rim, incised and decorated with green enamels against an egg-yolk yellow ground, the interior with a central medallion enclosing a stylised shoucharacter formed from entwined branches bearing eight fruiting peaches in a garden with lingzhi, the exterior similarly decorated with shou characters amongst meandering branches of fruiting peaches, the white base inscribed with a six-character reign mark, Japanese wood box. Quantité: 2 - 14.5cm., 5 3/4 in.

ProvenanceMayuyama & Co. Ltd., Tokyo.

NotesThis dish depicts a fruiting peach tree, an auspicious symbol in China, with the bark contorted to form a shou (longevity) character and bearing eight peaches, to represent the Eight Immortals. The Jiajing Emperor was a devout Daoist and as a result, decoration influenced by Daoist iconography was favoured during his reign.

A closely related dish in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, was included in the Museum’s exhibition Good Fortune, Long Life, Health and Peace. A Special Exhibition of Porcelains with Auspicious Designs, Taipei, 1995, cat. no. 2; and another from the Sir Percival David collection and now in the British Museum, London, is illustrated in R.L. Hobson, The Wares of the Ming Dynasty, London, 1923, pl. 39, fig. 2. See also a dish similarly incised with a pine tree in the form of a shou character, in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, illustrated in Lu Minghua, Mindai guanyao ciqi, Shanghai, 2007, pl. 1-64.

This motif is also known from yellow-and-green enamelled bowls of Jiajing mark and period, such as one illustrated in L. Reidemeister, Ming. Porzellane in Schwedischen Sammlungen, Berlin, 1935, pl. 32a; and from dishes painted in the wucaipalette; see one in the Norton collection, sold twice in these rooms, 5th November 1963, lot 182, and 1st/2nd April 1974, lot 231; and a pair from the H.M. Knight collection, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 20th May 1980, lot 72, and again in these rooms, 13th July 2005, lot 186. 

Sotheby's. The Soul of Japanese Aesthetics – The Tsuneichi Inoue Collection, Londres, 13 mai 2015, 10:00 AM

Fondation Gandur pour l'Art opens first traveling exhibition in Japan

A mummy board

A mummy board. Wood, gessoed (plastered) and painted, 157.5×44.5×10.0cm. Third Intermediate Period © Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Sandra Pointet.

GENEVA.- The Fondation Gandur pour l’Art opened its first traveling exhibition in Japan on 17 April at the Asahikawa Museum of Art, in Hokkaido. The exhibition will run until 21 June before continuing its journey to three more Japanese cities, including Tokyo. 

The special loan exhibition, Ancient Egyptian Art and Magic, Treasures from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, presents 150 works of art drawn from the Foundation’s archaeological collection, some of which are on view for the first time. The works span the four millennia history of pharaonic Egypt from the predynastic through to the ptolemaic periods.

 

Buste de Ramsès II, XIXe dynastie

Bust of Ramsès II, 19th dynasty. Red granite. Height 72 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-133 © Darwin Media Ltd.

Jean Claude Gandur, founder and Chairman of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, explains: “The objects exhibited were selected for both aesthetic and didactic reasons. As always, our aim is to help the public understand and appreciate the ancient Egyptian civilisation and the significant contribution that civilisations like these have made to our societies.” 

Bas-relief aux cartouches d’Alexandre le Grand, Période macédonienne

Relief with cartouches of Alexander the Great, Macedonian period. Painted limestone, 42 x 70 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-162 © Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.

The exhibition stresses the central role of magic in furthering our understanding of the nature of ancient Egyptian art. It is organised around three themes: hieroglyphs, materials and colour. All three elements symbolically reinforce each object’s function. Together, the works of art reflect the ancient Egyptian world view of a cosmos in which human beings, animals and plants are harmoniously integrated.  

Statuette de Maât, XXVIe dynastie

Statuette of Maât, 26th dynasty. Bronze, 25 x 4,8 x 7,1 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-325© Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.

Japan is the third country to host a significant traveling exhibition from the archaeological collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, after Switzerland and the United States, and before France in June (at the MUCEM in Marseille). The exhibition is accompanied by a bi-lingual catalogue, in Japanese and English, written by Dr Robert Steven Bianchi, chief curator and curator of the archaeology collection of the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art. 

Vase au nom de Darius Ier, XXVIIe dynastie

Vase inscribed for Darius Ist, 27e dynasty. Alabaster, 31 x 14 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-356© Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.

Shabti of Ramses IX, 20th dynasty

Shabti of Ramses IX, 20th dynasty. Wood, bronze, black and white stones. Height 30.5 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-317© Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.

Amulette d’un dieu à tête de bélier, XXVIe dynastie – période ptolémaïque

Amulet of a god with  ram's head, 26th dynasty – Ptolemaic period. Faïence, 3,9 x 1 x 1,6 cm. FGA-ARCH-EG-165. © Fondation Gandur pour l'Art. Photographe : Sandra Pointet.