14 mars 2016

A very rare white jade openwork scabbard slide, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8)

Lot 928, A very rare white jade openwork scabbard slide, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8). Estimate $80,000 – $120,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The slide of unusual, irregular outline curves under at the ends, and is finely carved in rounded relief and in openwork in the center with a large chilong between two smaller chilong clambering at each end, one with the beak of a bird, the other crawling under the twisted tail of the larger chilong as it pushes against its rear leg. A... [Lire la suite]

14 mars 2016

A very rare set of white jade sword fittings, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8)

Lot 922, A very rare set of white jade sword fittings, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8). Estimate $80,000 – $120,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The set is comprised of a sword guard well carved on each side with a median ridge that centers a taotie mask flanked by C-scrolls, which is still attached to a section of the original iron sword, and a similarly well-carved slide with formalized scroll decoration and a taotie mask at one end, still attached to the sheath and sword. The third... [Lire la suite]
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14 mars 2016

A very rare and superb pale greenish-yellow jade figural pendant, Western Zhou dynasty, 9th-8th century BC

Lot 911, A very rare and superb pale greenish-yellow jade figural pendant, Western Zhou dynasty, 9th-8th century BC. Estimate $80,000 – $120,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The thin, flat plaque of curved outline is finely carved as a crouching humanoid figure shown in profile, the legs drawn up beneath the coiled dragon which forms the arms and trunk of the body, and the head with a distinctive profile and long, upswept hair that forms a backward-facing, S-shaped dragon beneath a small tab pierced with a... [Lire la suite]
14 mars 2016

A large well-carved pale greenish-white jade carving of quince, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 954, A large well-carved pale greenish-white jade carving of quince, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate $80,000 – $120,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The group is finely carved in the form of a large quince and a smaller quince, both borne on a leafy, flowering branch carved in openwork at one end and in high relief on both sides. The well-polished stone of even tone has some added russet color. 5 7/8 in. (15.5 cm.) long, wood stand, box Provenance: Bernstein & Co., San Francisco, 1998. ... [Lire la suite]
14 mars 2016

A yellow and 'russet-brown' jade brush washer, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

Lot 951, A yellow and 'russet-brown' jade brush washer, Late Ming-Early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century. Estimate $80,000 – $120,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The water vessel is carved in the irregular shape of a large lingzhi head with incurved rim, and is well carved in high relief on the base and the sides with smaller lingzhi heads borne on a gnarled, branching stem. The semi-translucent stone of yellowish tone has opaque areas of dark russet color. 5 ¾ in. (14.6 cm.) wide, wood... [Lire la suite]
14 mars 2016

An unusual altered olive-green jade openwork fitting, early 6th century AD

Lot 937, An unusual altered olive-green jade openwork fitting, early 6th century AD. Estimate $80,000 – $120,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.  Possibly a hilt, the fitting is drilled at one end with two circular sockets, and is carved in openwork with a scaly dragon with prominent nostrils and a long mane that flows backwards to join the upswept tail shown striding forward within the openwork curve of the fitting. The olive-green stone has extensive ivory-colored, opaque alteration. 3 ¼ in. (8.3 cm.)... [Lire la suite]

14 mars 2016

A rare green-overlay blue glass snuff bottle, 1770-1850

Lot 563, A rare green-overlay blue glass snuff bottle, 1770-1850; 2 1/8 in. (5.3 cm.) high. Estimate $8,000 – $10,000. Price realised USD 23,750. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The opaque green overlay is carved through to the opaque blue ground with a continuous landscape scene showing a sage on a bridge on one side and two boy attendants preparing a dwelling for his arrival on the other, stone stopper. Provenance: Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 2012.Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont,... [Lire la suite]
14 mars 2016

A rare five-color overlay clear glass snuff bottle, 1760-1820

Lot 471, A rare five-color overlay clear glass snuff bottle, 1760-1820; 2 ½ in. (6.4 cm.) high. Estimate $8,000 – $10,000. Price realised USD 16,250. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The bottle is carved with a continuous design of lotus, begonia, peony and chrysanthemum blossoms in red, pink, yellow and turquoise-blue overlay, all growing from a single leafy branch carved in the dark-green overlay, all against the bubble-suffused ground, glass stopper Provenance: A private American collection.The... [Lire la suite]
14 mars 2016

A carved root amber snuff bottle, 1750-1860

Lot 443, A carved root amber snuff bottle, 1750-1860. Estimate $8,000 – $10,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The bottle is carved with a dense design of squirrels on rocks and amidst leafy grape vines, and with a mask-and-ring handle on each narrow side. 2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) high, jadeite stopper Provenance: Robert Hall, London, 2012.Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 2012.Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5413. Notes: One of the exotic materials used for snuff bottles,... [Lire la suite]
14 mars 2016

A carved yellowish-green and brown jade snuff bottle, Master of the Rocks School, 1740-1850

Lot 423, A carved yellowish-green and brown jade snuff bottle, Master of the Rocks School, 1740-1850. Estimate $8,000 – $10,000. Photo Christie's Iùage Ltd 2016. The bottle is carved on one side with a lush foliate scene of aged pine trees, centered by a waterfall emerging from between two mountains and passing by a crane that stands atop a precipice above lingzhi fungus growing below. The scene is thoughtfully carved using the brown skin of the stone for the landscape and yellow stone for the sky. 2... [Lire la suite]