04 décembre 2015

A fine rare blue and white 'Magnolia' month cup, Kangxi six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1662-1722)

A fine rare blue and white 'Magnolia' month cup, Kangxi six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1662-1722). Estimate HK$350,000 - HK$450,000 ($45,373 - $58,336). Price realized HK$975,000 ($126,395). Photo Christie's Image LTD 2015 The thinly potted cup has deep rounded sides rising to a flaring rim, with the exterior exquisitely painted representing the second month with two magnolia trees on one side and stalks of bamboo on the reverse. 2 1/4 in. (5.8 cm.) diam. Notes: It... [Lire la suite]
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04 décembre 2015

A bronze incense burner, late Ming-early Qing dynasty

A bronze incense burner, late Ming-early Qing dynasty. Est. HKD 30,000 — 50,000. Lot sold 375,000 HKD (74,192 USD). Photo: Sotheby's finely cast with a compressed globular body rising to a waisted neck, all supported on a low foot, the sides set with two lion-head handles cast in high relief, the base with an apocryphal kaishu inscription in a recessed panel reading Daming Xuande wunian jiandu gongbu guanchen Wu Bangzuo zao (‘Made for the Board of Works under the... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2015

A large bronze 'Laozi and Buffalo' incense burner and cover, Late Ming Dynasty

A large bronze 'Laozi and Buffalo' incense burner and cover, Late Ming Dynasty. Est. HKD 300,000 — 500,000. Lot sold 575,000 HKD (74,192 USD). Photo: Sotheby's the massively cast figure with a detachable cover, sturdily cast in the form of the sage seated with the right hand resting on the right knee, the expression depicted sombre and meditative, dressed in long loose robes cascading in folds around the exposed shoe, the mouth and back pierced through with apertures, fitted to the back of the... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2015

A Bronze 'Mythical Beast' Incense Burner and Cover, Early Qing Dynasty

A Bronze 'Mythical Beast' Incense Burner and Cover, Early Qing Dynasty. Est. HKD 100,000 — 150,000. Lot sold 600,000 HKD (77,418 USD). Photo: Sotheby's cast in the form of a mythical beast resting on its hindquarters with its head turned sharply to one side looking over its shoulder, the beast fantastically envisaged with armour-like scales, a serrated spine and limbs covered in stylised flames, its mouth wide open in a ferocious expression, the cover solidly cast and modelled as a smaller beast... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2015

A pair of gilt-bronze hexagonal vases, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing period

A pair of gilt-bronze hexagonal vases, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing period. Est. HKD 500,000 — 700,000. Lot sold 975,000 HKD (125,804 USD). Photo: Sotheby's each of hexagonal section, cast with a baluster body surmounted by a tall trumpet neck and flared rim, the neck with a stylised shou character, the faceted sides of the lower body decorated with various leafy sprays, including pomegranate, lotus, lychee and peach, below a continuous scene of further floral blossoms and fourwan characters around... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2015

A bronze alms bowl incense burner, late Ming-early Qing dynasty

A bronze alms bowl incense burner, late Ming-early Qing dynasty. Est. HKD 100,000 — 150,000. Lot sold 2,960,000 HKD (381,929 USD). Photo: Sotheby's heavily cast of compressed globular form, elegantly formed with broad rounded shoulders below a small lipped rim, the flat base centred with a six-character mark reading Xuehai Tangzhuren zhi ('Made for the Master of the Xuehai Hall') within a recessed panel, the bronze richly patinated to a deep brown colour - 14.2 cm., 5 5/8  in. ... [Lire la suite]

04 décembre 2015

Christie's New York announces Magnificent Jewels: The Auction

Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced its upcoming schedule of Winter Jewelry sales in New York, starting with the live saleroom auction of Magnificent Jewels on December 10, and continuing with a companion online boutique of Holiday Jewels from December 11 – 21. Both venues offer a multitude of outstanding jewels at every price level, including fancy colored and colorless diamonds, rare gemstones, natural pearls, and signed creations from the most coveted jewelry houses. Auction highlights,... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2015

A gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel tazza, Qianlong, cyclically dated renzi year corresponding to AD 1792

A gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel tazza, Qianlong, cyclically dated renzi year corresponding to AD 1792. Estimate: 120,000 to 150,000 HKD. Sold for HK$ 162,500 (€19,649). Photo Bonhams.  The shallow circular dish supported on a splayed foot and ending with a lipped rim, the interior decorated with a large centralised lotus flower head and four evenly-spaced stylised lotus blossoms borne on interlocking leafy tendrils beneath a band of ruyi-heads at the rim, the exterior further decorated with stylised... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2015

A rare gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel ribbed incense burner, Late Ming Dynasty

A rare gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel ribbed incense burner, Late Ming Dynasty. Estimate: 320,000-400,000 HKD. Sold for HK$ 400,000 (€48,367). Photo Bonhams. The cylindrical body supported on three cabriole feet, the exterior decorated with seven horizontal bands of prunus and ruyi-head leafy scrolls between raised ribs, all enamelled in vivid tones of white, yellow, red, blue and green against a rich turquoise ground. 9cm (3 1/2in) high Notes: The form of the present lot derives from gilt-bronze... [Lire la suite]
04 décembre 2015

A rare imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'hundred shou' bowl, Incised Jiaqing six-character mark and of the period

A rare imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'hundred shou' bowl, Incised Jiaqing six-character mark and of the period. Estimate: 450,000-600,000 HKD. Sold for HK$ 562,500 (€68,016). Photo Bonhams. With deep rounded sides raised on a short straight foot, decorated on the exterior around the body with two friezes of shou characters in stylised zhuanshu, between bands of classic scrolls at the rim and above the foot, all highlighted in gilt-wire above a rich blue ground. 15.4cm (6... [Lire la suite]