25 octobre 2015

An historic early 19th century emerald and diamond fringe necklace

An historic early 19th century Colombian emerald and diamond fringe necklace. Estimate CHF1,450,000 – CHF2,400,000 ($1,495,677 - $2,475,603). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 Designed as a series of nine graduated emerald and diamond square-shaped clusters, the central cluster with a large cushion-shaped emerald drop suspended from a diamond-set scroll mount and flanked by two smaller drops, the diamond collet intersections with smaller emerald and diamond square-shaped cluster drops, circa 1810, 42.5 cm, mounted... [Lire la suite]

25 octobre 2015

"Une reine sans couronne? Louise de Savoie, mère de François Ier" au Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen

Une reine sans couronne ? Affiche. L’exposition Louise de Savoie, mère de François I er s’inscrit dans le cadre des festivités 1515, année qui reste un point d’ancrage de la mémoire collective de l’histoire de France. Cette année marquant l’avènement de François d’Angoulême au trône de France sous le nom de François I er et assurant la possession de Milan, fit entrer le royaume dans l’ère de la Renaissance. Le musée national de la Renaissance participe aux manifestations de l’année 2015 au même titre que la Bibliothèque nationale... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2015

'The Queen Maria-José ruby ring'. An exceptional ruby and diamond ring, late 19th century

  'The Queen Maria-José ruby ring'. An exceptional ruby and diamond ring, late 19th century. Estimate 5,860,000 — 8,780,000 CHF. Photo Sotheby's Set with an oval ruby stated to weigh 8.48 carats, framed with cushion-shaped diamonds, size 52.  Accompanied by SSEF report no. 60894, dated 29 September 2011, Gübelin report no. 11090047, dated 8 September 2011, and GIA report no. 7196800988, dated 10 April 2015, each stating that the ruby is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating, ‘pigeon... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2015

A rare copper-red 'Dragon and Phoenix' vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

Lot 49. A rare copper-red 'Dragon and Phoenix' vase, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 GBP. Lot sold 100,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the compressed spherical body rising from a straight foot to a tall cylindrical neck, finely painted with a lively writhing dragon and flying phoenix, their eyes picked out in underglaze blue, amidst a continuous meandering peony scroll - 33cm., 13in.  Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 27th/28th April 1993, lot 114  ... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2015

A blue and white 'dragon' bowl, Zhiyuan Tang zhi mark, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

A blue and white 'dragon' bowl, Zhiyuan Tang zhi mark, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's well-potted with deep rounded sides rising from a straight foot to a flared rim, the exterior brightly painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with two five-clawed scaly dragons striding amongst scrolling clouds, their mouths opened revealing sharp fangs, all above tumultuous waves crashing on stylised rocky mountains, the rim and the foot encircled by double-line borders, inscribed to... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2015

A fine blue and white 'Eight Immortals' bowl, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 47. A fine blue and white 'Eight Immortals' bowl, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795); 15cm., 5 7/8 in. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold 15,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to an everted rim, painted around the exterior with the Eight Immortals, each holding their respective attribute and standing amidst scrolling clouds and mist, the interior with a medallion enclosing the Three Star Gods conversing beneath a pine tree, the base... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2015

A yellow-ground green 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)

Lot 45. A yellow-ground green'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722). 12cm., 4 3/4 in.. Estimate 8,000-12,000 GBP. Lot sold 20,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot, the exterior incised and enamelled green with two striding dragons and two flying phoenix amidst flames and cloud scrolls, above a band of lappets at the foot, the interior with a shou character, the white-glazed base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2015

"Images du Grand Siècle, l’estampe française au temps de Louis XIV (1660 - 1715)" à la BnF — François-Mitterrand

Images du Grand Siècle : Affiche En présentant plus de 160 pièces, issues en majorité de ses collections de gravures exceptionnelles, la BnF offre la première exposition d’envergure consacrée à l’âge d’or de cette technique en France. L’art de l’estampe est à son apogée sous le règne de Louis XIV : supplantant Rome, Anvers ou Amsterdam, Paris s’affirme alors comme le centre de production le plus important en Europe, à une époque où la gravure est le seul moyen de diffuser l’image. Pierre Drevet, d’après Hyacinthe Rigaud-... [Lire la suite]
25 octobre 2015

An important coloured diamond ring

An important 7.07 carats fancy intense pink cut-cornered rectangular Type IIa diamond ring. Estimate CHF4,500,000 – CHF5,200,000 ($4,641,756 - $5,363,807). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 Set with a fancy intense pink cut-cornered rectangular diamond, weighing approximately 7.07 carats, between pear-shaped diamond shoulders, to the circular-cut diamond surround and pavé-set hoop, ring size 6¼, mounted in platinum  Accompanied by report no. 5161601234 dated 19 January 2015 from the GIA... [Lire la suite]