22 avril 2012

A blue and white 'Lotus' Dish. Mark and period of Wanli

A blue and white 'Lotus' Dish. Mark and period of Wanli. Photo Sotheby's moulded in the form of an open lotus flower, with two tiers of scalloped petals rising from a short straight foot to a barbed rim, painted in rich cobalt tones, the interior centred with a Sanskrit character fo encircled within a double frieze of ruyi, the inner row of petals decorated with tassels and dots, the upper one with trefoiled swirls, the exterior with alternating Sanskrit characters and composite flower sprigs above a row of... [Lire la suite]

22 avril 2012

A rare small blue and white double-gourd 'dragon' vase. Mark and period of Jiajing

A rare small blue and white double-gourd 'dragon' vase. Mark and period of Jiajing. Photo Sotheby's each bulb painted in deep cobalt-blue tones with four medallions of five-clawed dragons writhing amidst clouds reserved on a diaper pattern ground, separated by a white band at the waist, the slightly recessed base inscribed with the six-character reign mark in underglaze blue; 10.8 cm., 4 1/4 in. Estimation 400,000-600,000 HKD. Lot vendu: 920,000 HKD PROVENANCE: Bluett & Sons,... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2012

A large blue and white 'Scholars' jar. Mark and period of Wanli

A large blue and white 'Scholars' jar.  Mark and period of Wanli.  Photo Sotheby's the robustly potted globular body rising from a recessed foot, surmounted by a short lipped mouth, painted around the sides with four large lobbed panels, detailed with scholars and their attendants in garden landscapes, interrupted by floral sprigs at the rounded shoulders below a continuous lingzhi scroll, all above a band of upright lappets circling the foot, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2012

A blue and white 'Hundred Boys' jar. Mark and period of Wanli

A blue and white 'Hundred Boys' jar. Mark and period of Wanli. Photo Sotheby's robustly potted, painted overall in inky tones with boys at play in a continuous garden landscape, some playing with toys and props and while others horse around, all amongst pierced rocks and trees, and below a row of ruyi clouds at the sloping shoulders, the short lipped mouth collared by a ruyi border, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a sixcharacter reign mark within double circles, stand; 30.5 cm., 12... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2012

A blue and white 'boys' jar. Mark and period of Jiajing

A blue and white 'boys' jar. Mark and period of Jiajing. Photo Sotheby's the robustly potted body with broad shoulders decorated with a continuous scene of boys at play in a garden landscape, a couple depicted riding with a hobby horse, while others tease crickets and play with a puppet, between lotus scrolls at the shoulders and foot, beneath a short cylindrical mouth collared by a band of interlocking ruyi heads, the slightly recessed base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2012

An unusual blue and white 'dragon' meiping vase. Ming Dynasty, 15th century, Interregnum period

An unusual blue and white 'dragon' meiping vase. Ming Dynasty, 15th century, Interregnum period.  Photo Sotheby's sturdily potted with high rounded shoulders rising to a short waisted neck and a lipped mouthrim, freely painted in underglaze blue with a ferocious five-clawed dragon in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', its long scaly body striding amid clouds swirls and flames, all beneath a frieze depicting two confronting phoenix flying amid lotus flowers on leafy scrolling stems below a key-fret... [Lire la suite]


22 avril 2012

A blue and white lobed bowl. Ming Dynasty, 15th century, Interregnum period

  A blue and white lobed bowl,.Ming Dynasty, 15th century, Interregnum period. Photo Sotheby's the eight-lobed rounded sides supported on a tapered foot, flaring to a rim of conforming form, vividly painted in deep 'heaping and piling' cobalt tones, the interior with a central medallion of a scholar seated on a rocky promontory encircled by tumultuous waves, below four lança characters around the cavetto and a frieze of lança at the rim, the exterior with a similar scene of a seated scholar and... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2012

Plate with grape design. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Ming dynasty. Reign of the Xuande Emperor

 Plate with grape design. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Xuande Emperor (1426-1435)..  The Avery Brundage Collection. B65P6.  Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. © 2011 Asian Art Museum H. 3 in x Diam. 14 3/4 in, H. 7.6 cm x Diam. 37.5 cm.  An inscription on the foot of this plate indicates that it once belonged to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-1658). Although numerous foreign luxury items were amassed by the Mughals, few... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2012

Plate with aquatic plants. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Ming dynasty. Reign of the Yongle Emperor

Plate with aquatic plants. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Yongle Emperor (1403-1424). Gift of Roy Leventritt. B69P7L. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. © 2011 Asian Art Museum H. 2 1/4 in x Diam. 12 1/4 in, H. 5.8 cm x Diam. 31.2 cm. The Yongle emperor, third ruler of the Ming dynasty and the younger son of its founder, moved the main dynastic capital from Nanjing, in Jiangsu province near the Yangtze river, to Beijing in the north. The building of a... [Lire la suite]
22 avril 2012

Zun-shaped beaker with blue-and-white and overglaze enamel decoration of dragons, phoenixes, and flowers. Ming dynasty, Wanli pe

Zun-shaped beaker with blue-and-white and overglaze enamel decoration of dragons, phoenixes, and flowers. Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period. Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund.  Acession number 01.5745. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston © 2012 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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