12 août 2014

An unusual large parcel-gilt bronze censer, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Lot 218. An unusual large parcel-gilt bronze censer, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) long. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000. Price Realized $22,500. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Cast as Liu Hai seated atop a massive three-legged toad with flames emerging from its mouth and extending the length of its body amidst raised lumps on its skin, the immortal dressed in robes tied at the waist and left open exposing his chest, with a large double gourd slung over his shoulders and an animated expression... [Lire la suite]

12 août 2014

A very rare Blanc-de-chine flute, xiao, 17th century 

Lot 498. A very rare Blanc-de-Chine flute, xiao, 17th century; 22 in. (56 cm.) long. Estimate $6,000 - $8,000. Price Realized $23,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Made in the form of a slender hollow bamboo stalk pierced with five fingering holes on one side, one on the reverse and two opposite each other on the two other sides, the mouth piece formed by a short V cut, the flat sound end pierced with a cash symbol and applied on top of the rim with evenly spaced bosses, all under a glaze of... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2014

A rare reverse-decorated blue and white dish , Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522-1566)

Lot 441. A rare reverse-decorated blue and white dish , Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522-1566); 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm.) diam. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000. Price Realized $23,750. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008 With shallow sides rising to a slightly everted, rounded rim, painted in the interior with a roundel containing four cranes amidst scrolling clouds confronted around a stylized shou character, the exterior painted in similar fashion with a... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

A rare mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century

Lot 134. A rare mother-of-pearl-inlaid black lacquer dish, Ming dynasty, 16th century; 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm.) square. Estimate $12,000 - $18,000. Price Realized $25,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The dish of quatrefoil form elaborately inlaid in the recessed center panel with mother-of-pearl with a luohan seated beneath a pine tree upon a large rock and dressed in open robes tied at the waist, his right hand raised holding a ring which he uses to beckon a tiger gazing back at him from across... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

A rare cloisonné enamel square dish, first half 16th century

Lot 183. A rare cloisonné enamel square dish, first half 16th century; 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) square. Estimate $12,000 - $15,000. Price Realized $32,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008  Of square form with indented corners, depicting a pair of mandarin ducks beside a lotus plant, below a band of flower scroll on the everted rim. Note: A circular dish decorated with very similar ducks and a similar band on the everted rim, also dated to the first half of the 16th century is illustrated by H. Brinker... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

An unusual green and russet jade carving of a mythological animal, 17th century

Lot 283. An unusual green and russet jade carving of a mythological animal, 17th century; 4½ in. (11.4 cm.) long. Estimate $10,000 - $15,000. Price Realized $32,500 . © Christie's Image Ltd 2008  The recumbent beast carved with head turned slightly to its right and with mouth open exposing the large, protruding teeth, with fierce expression and intent gaze above the ruyi-head form nose, a large curved horn set in back of its head amidst finely carved tufts of hair and between downcast ears, its... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2014

A rare blue and white hexagonal tubular bird feeder, Da Ming Xuande Nian Zao six-character mark in underglaze blue in a line and

Lot 244. A rare blue and white hexagonal tubular bird feeder, Da Ming Xuande Nian Zao six-character mark in underglaze blue in a line and of the period (1426-1435); 3¼ in. (8.3 cm.) long. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000. Price Realized $50,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The slightly bowed body molded horizontally with six slightly concave facets divided by narrow flutes that continue to the conforming outline of the two ends molded with mallow blossoms, and painted with bands of classic scroll in deep... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2014

A large huanghuali recessed-leg table, pingtouan, 17th century

Lot 160. A large huanghuali recessed-leg table, pingtouan, 17th century; 32 5/8in. (82.8 cm.) high, 81½ in. (207.1) wide, 20 7/8 in. (53 cm.) deep. Estimate $70,000 - $90,000. Price Realized $68,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 The single-panel top set into a broad frame with 'ice-plate' edge, supported on legs of round section joined by pairs of oval stretchers, with plain aprons and apron-head spandrels. Note: The spare, economical lines of this design make it one of the classic forms of... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

A very rare early Ming tianbai-glazed anhua-decorated meiping, Yongle period (1403-1425)

Lot 245. A very rare early Ming tianbai glazed anhua decorated meiping Yongle period (1403-1425); 12 5/8 in. (32.4 cm.) high. Estimate $600,000 - $800,000. Price Realized $2,770,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008.  The well-potted body finely incised with a broad frieze of leafy peony scroll bearing four large, full blossoms and subsidiary buds just beginning to open, set between a band of classic scroll below and a ruyi-lappet collar filled with lotus sprays on... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

Back on five rhinoceros horn cups at Christie's, 17 September 2008, New York

Lot 106. A rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th-18th century; 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) long. Estimate $12,000 - $18,000. Price Realized $43,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008 Carved as a large open leaf issuing from a jagged branch curled around to form the stem and base, and from which two smaller leafy branches emerge laden with ripe peaches and pomegranates which continue into the interior, opposite a large chilong which pulls itself up to the rim of the cup from the far side, wood stand. Lot 107.... [Lire la suite]