09 septembre 2012

Asia Week kicks off at Freeman's featuring the Frank J. Schwind Collection

Fine Chinese famille rose 'peach and bat' porcelain vase, Daoguang mark and of the period. Bottle form, turquoise interior lappet band to gilded rim, over body well enameled to show peach and iron-red Fu bats, over scrolling sea, blue scroll glazed foot rim, iron red mark on light blue ground to base. H: 12 in. Estimate $15,000-20,000.  PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Asia Week is rapidly approaching and as auction houses up and down the East Coast prepare to receive hundreds of Asian Art collectors and enthusiasts, Freeman's... [Lire la suite]
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09 septembre 2012

Diamond Necklace by Harry Winston

Diamond Necklace by Harry Winston. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd Lot 266, $1,573,000 – $2,622,000 SOLD FOR: $1,163,656 This shimmering necklace is from the 1960s, made by the legendary American jewelry and watchmakers of Harry Winston. The flexible garland is filled with marquise-cut diamond clusters, centering around their own pear-shaped diamond, each then surmounted with a brilliant-cut diamond, mounted on platinum. Each pear-shaped diamond weighs between 2.1 to 3.1 carats.
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09 septembre 2012

A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Buddha. Ming Dynasty, 15th Century

A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Buddha. Ming Dynasty, 15th Century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The figure is shown seated in dhyanasana on a lotus base, with the hands in bhumisparsa mudra. The robe has foliate borders and is gracefully draped over the shoulder and around the body. The broad face is cast with a gentle expression and the hair, which is dressed in spiky curls is covered in blue pigment. 14½ in. (37 cm.) high, wood stand. Estimate $40,000 - $60,000 明十五世紀 鎏金銅佛陀坐像   Property from a Private Florida... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2012

A Pair of Large Gilt-Lacquered Bronze Figures of Buddha. Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century

A Pair of Large Gilt-Lacquered Bronze Figures of Buddha. Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Each is shown seated in dhyanasana, one with hands in dhyana mudra, the other with right hand in bhumisparsa mudra. Both are dressed in loose robes, with lotus-scroll incised borders, left open at the chest exposing a wan emblem. The hair is dressed in pointed curls surrounding an usnisa. Each is covered in a rich layer of gilding over a red lacquer ground. 19¾ and 20... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2012

Ruby and diamond brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels

Ruby and diamond brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Lot 267, $315,000 – $525,000 SOLD FOR: $609,848 This complex piece is styled after a Japanese Chrysanthemum and is set with diamond strolling lines and mystery-set rubies. For those not familiar with Van Cleef & Arpels techniques, the “mystery setting” is their patented stone paving technique that shows no visible claws. The stones are actually set on an extremely fine platinum or gold net. This also requires a very strict criteria... [Lire la suite]
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09 septembre 2012

A Large Blue And White Brush Pot or Censer. Transitional Period, Circa 1640

A Large Blue And White Brush Pot or Censer. Transitional Period, Circa 1640. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The sturdily-potted vessel is finely painted with two scenes, separated by rocks, swirling clouds and banana plants. In one scene Zhongli Quan and a deer stand between a table set with scholarly objects to one side and a wine pot raised on a rock to the other side. In the other scene the Daoist immortals, Li Tiegai, with his double gourd, stands beside Lu Dongbin, who holds a sword. There are borders of incised... [Lire la suite]


09 septembre 2012

An Unusual Pair Of Blue And White Stem Bowls. Jiajing Period (1522-1566)

An Unusual Pair Of Blue And White Stem Bowls. Jiajing Period (1522-1566). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The exterior of each bowl is decorated with a procession of scholars and attendants, including one carrying a qin, in a landscape punctuated by a pine tree on one side and terminating at a pavilion on the opposite side, where another scholar awaits their arrival. The pedestal foot is encircled by four ruyi-shaped clouds, and the interior has a figural medallion below a band ofruyi heads at the rim. 5... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2012

Burmese red ruby and yellow diamond ring

Burmese red ruby and yellow diamond ring. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Lot 351, $2,058,000 – $2,573,000 SOLD FOR: $2,285,811 This important piece features an oval ruby weighing 8.11 carats, sourced from Burma. The ruby is a uniform and highly saturated “pigeon blood” red with no signs of heating or enhancement. It is surrounded by yellow diamonds on a size 6 gold ring.
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09 septembre 2012

A Blue And White Circular Tiered Box And Cover. Late 15th-Early 16th Century

A Blue And White Circular Tiered Box And Cover. Late 15th-Early 16th Century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The slightly domed cover is decorated with a scene of two young boys picking flowers in a terraced garden, above a band of classic scroll on the sides. The sides of the three lower compartments are decorated with scrolling lotus meander. 6 in. (16.5 cm.) high. Estimate $6,000 - $8,000 明十五/十六世紀 青花嬰戲圖圓疊盒 Provenance: Captain W.R. Clarke; Christie's London, 12 October 1970, lot 20.J.T. Tai & Co., New... [Lire la suite]
09 septembre 2012

A Rare Blue And White Jardinière. Late Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century   

A Rare Blue And White Jardinière. Late Ming Dynasty, 16th-17th Century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Thickly potted with somewhat bulbous sides that taper towards the base and are decorated with a continuous frieze of 'The Three Friends,' prunus, pine and bamboo, with birds in flight between. There is a band of classic scroll on the sides of the molded rim, and foliate sprays on the top. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box. Estimate $10,000 - $15,000 晚明 青花歲寒三友紋花盆 Provenance: Mayuyama, Tokyo,... [Lire la suite]


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