25 mars 2016

A rare pale green jade figure of a male dancer, Eastern Han Dynasty

Lot 35, A rare pale green jade figure of a male dancer, Eastern Han Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 400,000 (€35,000 - 46,000). Photo: Bonhams. Carved balancing on one foot with the other leg in mid-step bent at the knee, with one arm outstretched in front of the bare chest, the other arm raised to the back with an object grasped in his hand, the striking face with prominent eyes, nose and a wide mouth with large front teeth, the stone of a pale green tone with opaque straw and dark brown inclusions. 10.4cm (4... [Lire la suite]

25 mars 2016

A rare pale brown jade seated male figure, Eastern Han Dynasty

Lot 34, A rare pale brown jade seated male figure, Eastern Han Dynasty. Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 500,000 (€35,000 - 58,000). Photo: Bonhams. Seated cross-legged, with hands held together in front of his bare chest, his face carved with a wide smile and rounded dimpled cheeks, wearing a conical hat with two floral motifs, the beard, eyebrows and chest hair depicted by finely incised lines, the stone of an opaque pale beige-brown tone with black areas. 7.5cm (3in) high Note: Human figures are rare in Han jades and... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2016

Swann Galleries' April early printed books auction highlights Central Asian travel

  Nova Legenda Anglie, first edition, London, Wynkyn de Worde, 1516. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000. NEW YORK, NY.- On Tuesday, April 12, Swann Galleries will hold an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books, featuring early English books and travel texts focusing on the exploration of Central Asia. Standouts among the travel books include a first edition of John Biddulph’s Tribes of the Hindoo Koosh, Calcutta, 1880, previously owned by the anthropologist Sir James Frazer, writer of The... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2016

Newly-excavated Greek artifacts unveiled at Onassis Cultural Center New York

Detail, Mosaic of the Epiphany of Dionysus. Late 2nd – early 3rd century CE. Stone tesserae. H. 59 in; W. 86.6 in (H. 150 cm; W. 220 cm). From Dion. Villa of Dionysus, Symposium Hall. Archaeological Museum of Dion. Photo © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Ephorate of Antiquities of Pieria, and Dion Excavations. Courtesy Onassis Cultural Center NY.  NEW YORK, NY.- Presenting its first full spring season since renovating its gallery in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, theOnassis Cultural Center NY offers the... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2016

A new world record and numerous excellent results in Old Master paintings sale at Koller

Michaelina Wautier (Mond c.1617 - 1689 Brussels), Portrait of Martino Martini, Jesuit missionary in China, 1654. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated upper left: Michaelina Wautier fecit 1654. Chinese inscription upper right: Wei Kuangguo (Chinese title of the sitter). 69.5 x 59 cm. Estimate CHF 7 000 / 10 000. Sold for CHF 480 500. World auction record for the artist. Photo Koller ZURICH.- The week of old masters and antiques auctions at Koller yielded numerous excellent results for works by... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2016

Hans Memling, Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation, c.1485

Hans Memling, Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation, c.1485. Oil on oak panel, 22 x 15 cm (each wing), Strasbourg, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg. Not only is this work unique in Memling's oeuvre, its theme and form also make it extremely unusual for the art of its era. Physical examination shows that we are dealing with three small panels, which were painted on both sides but subsequently separated. The little triptych is not, however, Memling's first painting on an allegorical and moralising theme, and... [Lire la suite]