Alain.R.Truong

21 avril 2015

A Mughal gem-set ivory Archer's Ring; and a Mughal jade Archer's Ring, India, 18th-19th Century

A Mughal gem-set ivory Archer's Ring; and a Mughal jade Archer's Ring, India, 18th-19th Century

A Mughal gem-set ivory Archer's Ring; and a Mughal jade Archer's Ring, India, 18th-19th CenturyEstimate £2,500 - 3,000 (€3,500 - 4,200). Photo Bonhams.

each of typical form; the ivory ring with tapering protruding front, set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds in gold in the form of a floral spray; the jade ring of pale green colour, carved in low relief with floral and foliate motifs - ivory ring 4.4 cm., jade ring 4 cm. (length)(2)

Bonhams. ISLAMIC AND INDIAN ART, 21 Apr 2015 10:30 BST - LONDON, NEW BOND STREET


Two unusual gold fittings, Lucknow or Deccan, 17th-18th Century

Two unusual gold fittings, Lucknow or Deccan, 17th-18th Century

Two unusual gold fittings, Lucknow or Deccan, 17th-18th CenturyEstimate £4,000 - 6,000 (€5,600 - 8,300). Photo Bonhams.

he first in the form of two pairs of confronting fish forming a circle, the eyes with iron rivets; the second in the form of a turtle, the interior of the body filled with resin - the larger 11.8 cm. diam.; 131 g.(2)

Bonhams. ISLAMIC AND INDIAN ART, 21 Apr 2015 10:30 BST - LONDON, NEW BOND STREET

A 'Hindustan' carved jade bowl, India, 18th-19th Century

A 'Hindustan' carved jade bowl, India, 18th-19th Century

A 'Hindustan' carved jade bowl, India, 18th-19th CenturyEstimate £5,000 - 7,000 (€6,900 - 9,700). Photo Bonhams.

of deep rounded form with sides rising to flaring rim, on short circular foot in the form of lobed petals surrounding a flower head, the sides thinly carved with a frieze of cartouches filled with floral sprays within narrow borders of foliate motifs, the semi-translucent stone with dark inclusions, in later fitted box - 15 cm. diameter of rim, 5.8 cm. height

Provenance: Collection of Imre Schwaiger, a Hungarian art dealer based in India in the early 20th century (by repute)

Bonhams. ISLAMIC AND INDIAN ART, 21 Apr 2015 10:30 BST - LONDON, NEW BOND STREET 

A gem-set jade and rock crystal Back Scratcher, India, 18th-19th Century

A gem-set jade and rock crystal Back Scratcher, India, 18th-19th Century

A gem-set jade and rock crystal Back Scratcher, India, 18th-19th CenturyEstimate £8,000 - 12,000 (€11,000 - 17,000). Photo Bonhams.

in the form of a hand made of spinach jade bearing gem-set rings on thumb and the little finger and a gem-set flower on the back, tapering to a long cylindrical shaft, the top jade section with carved leaves and gem-set bands, the central section of rock crystal carved with a repetitive lattice pattern, the lower section of jade with a similar lattice pattern with gem-set borders terminating in a bud-shaped finial - 38 cm. length, 1.5 cm. diam. of shaft

Provenance: Private UK collection. Acquired by owner's family in India in the 1860s-70s, thence by descent.

Note: A comparable jewelled back scratcher from the 19th century, composed of two different kinds of jade, is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (no.1268-1874). Comparisons can also be drawn with a gem-set rock crystal back scratcher which sold at Christie's South Kensington, Islamic and Indian Works of Art and Textiles, 27 April 2012, lot 653.

Bonhams. ISLAMIC AND INDIAN ART, 21 Apr 2015 10:30 BST - LONDON, NEW BOND STREET

A unusual Mughal jade Candlestick, Northern India, 18th Century

A unusual Mughal jade Candlestick, Northern India, 18th Century

A unusual Mughal jade Candlestick, Northern India, 18th CenturyEstimate £8,000 - 12,000 (11,000 - 17,000). Photo Bonhams.

of mid greyish-green mottled jade, made in three sections, the ribbed cylindrical body with a rib of chevron motif above and below, on a slightly flaring foot, with sloping shoulder, the truncated neck with horizontal rib, delicately carved in low relief with acanthus leaves 
18 cm. high 

Provenance: acquired Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, 7th October 2010, lot 393.

The unusual form of object in jade can be attributed to Muslim craftsmen probably working in Northern India in the 18th Century. The shape appears to be derived from Islamic metal candlesticks of the Medieval period. For a similar but smaller jade candlestick of similar form attributed to the Ming dynasty, exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1935-36, see Exhibition Catalogue International Exhibition of Chinese Art, London, 1935, pl. 251, no. 2790. Another candlestick of different form, but with similar decoration can be found in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei (Catalogue of a Special Exhibition of Hindustan Jade in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1983, pp. 254-55, pl. 65).

Bonhams. ISLAMIC AND INDIAN ART, 21 Apr 2015 10:30 BST - LONDON, NEW BOND STREET

 



The Supercharged BUGATTI 57C Cabriolet at Greenwich Concours d'Elegance 31 May 2015, Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction

The ex-Miles Coverdale

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The ex-Miles Coverdale. 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Convertible. Coachwork by Gangloff Chassis no. 57748. Estimate US$ 900,000 - 1.1 million (€840,000 - 1 million). Photo: Bonhams

Bonhams announce the consignment of a very special Bugatti for its end of May motorcar auction in Greenwich, Connecticut: a supercharged 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet with coachwork by Gangloff.

Introduced in 1934, the Type 57 represented a new era for the company under the direction of Jean Bugatti, son of 'Le Patron', Ettore Bugatti. It heralded numerous new technical features, including its dual-overhead camshaft, five main bearings, 8-cylinder engine, a transmission fixed directly to the engine with synchromesh on the top three gears, and a single plate clutch. Jean exercised control over both the running gear and the aesthetic design of its coachwork and the company began to offer a series of factory-styled bodies, most taking their names from famed mountain passes, such as Ventoux and Stelvio.

As one of the most successful models the company ever produced, the Type 57 would, leading up to WWII, be successively uprated and improved in both engineering and styling terms. This particular 57C represents that later derivative of the definitive Type 57, being an original supercharged example, and sporting the exquisite final version of their cabriolet built by Gangloff coachbuilders.

The car is best known for its long ownership in the collection of pioneering car collector and Bugatti historian Miles Coverdale of Long Island. Mr. Coverdale acquired the Type 57C in the early 1960s and retained it until his death in 2000, keeping it over the course of four decades in the company of a number of other thoroughbred Bugattis. Often considered one of the best pre-war touring cars, this definitive Type 57C represents a very rare opportunity to experience the legendary Pur Sang marque.

This special car, offered with an estimate of $900,000-1,100,000, will be offered at Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction on 31 May, held at the lovely waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut, just 30 miles north of New York City.

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20 avril 2015

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP (2,713 - 4,070 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a flaring rim, freely carved to the exterior with foliage, covered overall in an olive-green glaze - 11.2cm., 4 1/2 in.

PROPERTY FROM A PORTUGUESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Londres, 13 mai 2015, 11:00 AM

A 'Yaozhou' celadon conical bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon conical bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon conical bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 5,0007,000 GBP (6,783 - 9,496 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the steep sides rising to a flared rim, the interior moulded with four fish amongst a dense design of waves, covered overall in an even pale olive green glaze - 11.2cm., 4 1/2 in.

PROPERTY FROM A PORTUGUESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Londres, 13 mai 2015, 11:00 AM

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A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 2,5003,500 GBP (3,391 - 4,748 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the curved sides rising from a tapered foot to a flaring rim, freely carved to the exterior with overlapping lappets, covered overall in an olive-green glaze - 13.2cm., 5 1/4 in.

PROPERTY FROM A PORTUGUESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Londres, 13 mai 2015, 11:00 AM

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynasty

A 'Yaozhou' celadon bowl, Song dynastyEstimate 3,000 — 4,000 GBP (4,070 - 5,426 EUR). Photo courtesy Sotheby's.

the curved sides rising from a tapered foot, freely carved to the interior with three fish amongst combed waterweed, covered overall in an olive-green glaze - 11.4cm., 4 1/2 in.

PROPERTY FROM A PORTUGUESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Londres, 13 mai 2015, 11:00 AM