09 avril 2011

A magnificent blue and white 'Palace Bowl'. Mark and period of Chenghua

A magnificent blue and white 'Palace Bowl'. Mark and period of Chenghua. Photo Sotheby's  exquisitely potted from a fine creamy-white porcelain, masterly painted on the exterior in a light soft blue cobalt pigment with three large clusters of plump ripe melon vine, all differently rendered with four or six fruits, the thin curling tendrils counterbalanced by the thick broad leaves, all reserved against a white body, the interior left undecorated, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2011

A magnificent and unique Falangcai 'Golden Pheasant' vase. Blue enamel mark and period of Qianlong

A magnificent and unique Falangcai 'Golden Pheasant' vase. Blue enamel mark and period of Qianlong.  Photo Sotheby's of the rarefied guyuexuan type, the body of tapering ovoid shape resting on an unglazed foot enclosing the countersunk mark, surmounted by the tall cylindrical neck finished with a slightly lipped rim, finely potted in the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen in white porcelain of the purest homogenous structure and applied with an even milky-white glaze suffused with tiny bubbles and with a smooth silky... [Lire la suite]

09 avril 2011

A fine pair of doucai 'ball-flower' bowls. Marks and period of Yongzheng.

A fine pair of doucai 'ball-flower' bowls. Marks and period of Yongzheng.  Photo Sotheby's each finely potted with conical sides slightly flaring at the rim all rising from a straight foot, the outside decorated with an asymmetric design of roundels of different sizes and with different geometric patterns, some freely floating, some overlapping, drawn in deep underglaze-blue outlines and coloured in different tones of cobalt-blue, and green, red, yellow and pale pinkish-aubergine enamels, the interior undecorated, the... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2011

A fine and rare pair of lime-green cups. Marks and period of Yongzheng

  A fine and rare pair of lime-green cups. Marks and period of Yongzheng. Photo Sotheby's each delicately potted with rounded sides resting on a straight foot, covered on the exterior with a bright lime-green enamel, the interior and base left white, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within double squares, wood stands; 8.8 cm., 3 1/2 in. Estimate 2,500,000—3,500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 11,300,000 HKD (1,453,632 USD)  to an Asian Private EXHIBITED: Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, The British... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2011

A fine and very rare set of ten famille-rose bowls with views of Jiangxi. Marks and period of Jiaqing

A fine and very rare set of ten famille-rose bowls with views of Jiangxi. Marks and period of Jiaqing. Photo Sotheby's each rounded bowl with widely everted, conical sides faintly flared at the rim, resting on a slightly tapering foot, the outsides each depicting different landscape scenes painted in famille-rose enamels, with inscriptions in black enamel to identify the sites, above a narrow lotus-scroll border in blue enamel on a band of white enamel all within underglaze-blue double lines circling the rim and foot, the... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2011

A fine and extremely rare pair of lavender-blue bottle vases. Marks and period of Yongzheng

A fine and extremely rare pair of lavender-blue bottle vases. Marks and period of Yongzheng. Photo Sotheby's each with a globular body, rising to a cylindrical neck and an everted rim, all supported on a straight foot pierced with two openings in the manner of archaic bronzes, covered on the exterior with an even pale blue glaze, the interiors and base left white, the base inscribed with a six-character mark in underglaze blue; 13.7 cm., 5 3/8 in. Estimate 3,000,000—5,000,000 HKD. Lot Sold 12,980,000 HK (1,669,747 USD) to a Hong... [Lire la suite]


09 avril 2011

A fine and rare pair of coral-ground Famille-verte bowls. Yu Zhi marks and period of Kangxi

A fine and rare pair of coral-ground Famille-verte bowls. Yu Zhi marks and period of Kangxi. Photo Sotheby's each bowl of deep rounded form rising from a slightly splayed foot towards a flared rim, painted on the outside with a dense pattern of different flowers growing in lush profusion, with large blooms in blue, pale aubergine, pale yellow and iron-red enamels clustered around the foot and more delicate flowering stems of many different varieties rising towards the rim, the leaves in different tones of green, mostly drawn in... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2011

A fine and extremely rare Famille-Verte 'bird' bowl. Mark and period of Kangxi

A fine and extremely rare Famille-Verte 'bird' bowl. Mark and period of Kangxi. Photo Sotheby's exquisitely painted around the shallow rounded sides with a brown and white bird with a long tail perched on a pendant peach branch in an asymmetrical composition covering most of the sides, the branch bearing finely shaded red fruits, bright green leaves with paler undersides and yellow worm-eaten patches, and pale aubergine branches, the slightly domed centre of the bowl with a single peach on a branch, the sunken base with the... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2011

A fine and rare blue and white 'Three Friends' dish. Ming dynasty, Yongle period

A fine and rare blue and white 'Three Friends' dish. Ming dynasty, Yongle period. Photo Sotheby's of deep saucer shape with characteristic low V-shaped foot, the inside painted with a stem of bamboo and branches of pine and prunus, the blossoms reserved in white against haloes of blue, the sides with a composite flower scroll composed of morning glory, peony, rose, lotus, chrysanthemum, hibiscus, mallow, lily, gardenia, camellia, tea and pomegranate, with a key-fret rim border, similarly repeated on the outside with a... [Lire la suite]
09 avril 2011

A magnificent blue and white moon flask with birds on flowering branches. Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period

A magnificent blue and white moon flask with birds on flowering branches. Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period. Photo Sotheby's of oval section and nearly circular profile, with a slender neck flanked by two scroll handles, the two sides painted in a deep cobalt blue under a blue-tinged glaze with different flower-and-bird compositions, both depicting a white-cheeked starling perched on a flowering branch entwined with a small stem of bamboo, with prunus on one side and perhaps pear on the other, both scenes bordered above and below... [Lire la suite]


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