03 avril 2012

A rare blue and white 'gardenia' dish. Mark and period of HongzhiA rare blue and white 'gardenia' dish. Mark and period of Hongz

A rare blue and white 'gardenia' dish. Mark and period of Hongzhi. Photo Sotheby's the shallow flaring rounded sides supported on a tapered foot, softly painted in deep blue with a spray of gardenias with two blooms and two buds in the centre, enclosed on the cavetto with a spray of pomegranate bearing two ripe skin-bursting fruit, a spray of crab apple with a blossom and two fruit, a bunch of grapes on a vine and a lotus flower and pod tied with a ribbon, the exterior with a continuous scroll of... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2012

A very rare 'eel-skin'-glazed bulb bowl. Incised seal mark and period of YongzhengA very rare 'eel-skin'-glazed bulb bowl. Incis

A very rare 'eel-skin'-glazed bulb bowl. Incised seal mark and period of Yongzheng. Photo Sotheby's the shallow, round basin with low flaring sides and a flat base, supported on four bulbous animal-mask feet with eyes, ears, snout and other details clearly moulded, covered overall with a layer of brown slip below a greenish-brown glaze suffused with fine dark brown striations leading to a 'tea-dust' effect, the glaze draining at the rim and raised areas of the feet, appearing lighter brown, the base... [Lire la suite]

03 avril 2012

A rare pair of lemon-yellow cups. Marks and period of Yongzheng.

A rare pair of lemon-yellow cups. Marks and period of Yongzheng. Photo Sotheby's each delicately thrown with translucent sides of deep conical shape resting on a straight foot, covered on the exterior with a vibrant lemon-yellow enamel, the interior and base left white, the base further inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a single ring; diameter 5 cm., 2 in. Estimate 2,000,000-3,000,000 HKD PROVENANCE: Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London (A... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2012

A Wucai 'dragon' brush tray. Mark and period of Wanli

A Wucai 'dragon' brush tray. Mark and period of Wanli. Photo Sotheby's of long rectangular form with slightly flared sides rising to an everted rim with indented corners, supported on a low foot of conforming shape, the interior divided into two sections by a thin crenulated wall shaped to support two brushes, painted on either side of the wall with blue dragon scales above green waves, the larger section vividly painted in underglaze blue, red, green, yellow and black enamels with a five-clawed... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2012

A fine celadon-glazed flower holder. Seal mark and period of Qianlong

A fine celadon-glazed flower holder. Seal mark and period of Qianlong.Photo Sotheby's the compressed body supported on a short foot sweeping up to a broad waisted neck with a cup-shaped mouth sealed on top save for three pierced holes, finely carved in shallow relief with a formal lotus scroll bearing four blooms with stylised shou ('long life') characters inscribed in their centres, set between 'classic' scroll around the mouth and a narrow band of upright petal lappets above the foot, the mouth with three... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2012

A truncated blue and white bottle vase, Yuchunping. Ming Dynasty, Yongle period, the mounts 19th century

A truncated blue and white bottle vase, Yuchunping. Ming Dynasty, Yongle period, the mounts 19th century.  Photo Sotheby's the tall pear-shaped body sweeping up to a tall slender neck (partially missing), fluidly painted in rich cobalt tones ranging from inky blue to black with a dense rose scroll with blooms arranged in two rows surrounded by rose hips and leaves, set between formal borders with round florets, below a band of lotus scroll at the neck and a row of upright plantain leaves, all... [Lire la suite]


03 avril 2012

A finely enamelled Wucai 'Dragon' Jar. Mark and period of Wanli

A finely enamelled Wucai 'Dragon' Jar. Mark and period of Wanli. Photo Sotheby's well proportioned with a short straight neck and a low footring, vividly painted in intense tones of the wucai palette with two five-clawed dragons, one red and one blue, each chasing a 'flaming pearl' among stylised clouds and above waves crashing over rocks, all below blue scrolls collaring the neck and colourful pendent lappets draping over the shoulder, composed of a vivid underglaze blue, two shades of iron red,... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2012

An underglaze red 'floral' dish. Ming Dynasty, Hongwu Period

An underglaze red 'floral' dish. Ming Dynasty, Hongwu Period. Photo Sotheby's the low curved sides with an everted rim, painted in copper red with a chrysanthemum bloom and three small buds in the central medallion encircled by a peony scroll with six blooms alternately shown in profile and en face, and a key-fret border on the rim, the exterior painted with petal lappets radiating from the foot, the red of characteristic pyrrhous-red tone, the unglazed base covered with a dressing fired to bright... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2012

An extremely rare blue and white 'peony' ewer. Ming Dynasty, Yongle period

An extremely rare blue and white 'peony' ewer. Ming Dynasty, Yongle period. Photo Sotheby's elegantly potted with a pear-shaped body rising to a tapered neck and a flared rim, the slender curved spout attached to the neck by a cloud-shaped strut, set opposite an arched strap handle with a small eyelet loop above a ruyi-shaped terminal attached to the body and applied with three bosses imitating metal studs, vibrantly painted in varying intensities of cobalt on either side with a peony in full bloom with... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2012

Sotheby's Orientalist Sale to present important works depicting Turkey, The Middle East and North Africa

  Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian, 1917-1900), View of Constantinople and the Bosphorus, oil on canvas is estimated at £1.2-1.8 million. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.-Sotheby's Orientalist Sale will take place in London on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Showcasing paintings, drawings and sculpture depicting Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa, the auction will be led by masterpieces by the Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky and the Turkish painter and polymath Osman Hamdy Bey. Comprising 33 lots, the sale is estimated to bring... [Lire la suite]


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