31 mars 2016

Conan Doyle's handwritten Sherlock Holmes mystery for sale at Bonhams

Lot 12, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Conan Doyle"), entitled "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", 34 pp, 4to, South Norwood, London, c.1893, in sepia ink on ruled paper removed from a composition book, with revisions in ink and pencil, publisher's page count in blue crayon, pp 22 & 33 versos with pencil scribbling by a child, tears and creases along edges with some slight loss not affecting text, some light spotting throughout. Housed in a custom-made red cloth portfolio with... [Lire la suite]

31 mars 2016

A rare ‘Jian’ silver-streaked ‘nogime temmoku’ tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty

Lot 12, A rare ‘Jian’ silver-streaked ‘nogime temmoku’ tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty. Estimate HK$400,000 — 600,000 (€46,777 - 70,166). Lot sold 5,840,000 HKD (659,287 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. superbly potted, the deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to a rim indented with a thin concave groove, unctuously covered with a lustrous black glaze with iridescent silvery-blue ‘hare’s fur’ streaks, the glaze draining from the rim and falling short of the foot in a glossy black... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2016

A Henan 'Oil-Spot' Bowl, Song Dynasty

Lot 11, A Henan 'Oil-Spot' Bowl, Song Dynasty. Estimate HK$40,000 — 60,000 (€4,678 - 7,017). Lot sold 137,500 HKD (15,523 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising from a knife-pared foot to a gently incurved rim, covered overall with a lustrous black-brown glaze suffused with glittering ‘oil spots’ of circular and star-shaped form in silvery iridescence, the glaze to the exterior thinning to a lighter caramel-brown tone, falling short of the foot, revealing the buff-coloured... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2016

A rare Jiaotanxia ‘guan’ ware ‘lotus bud’ waterpot, Song dynasty

Lot 9, A rare Jiaotanxia ‘guan’ ware ‘lotus bud’ waterpot, Song dynasty. Estimate HK$120,000 — 180,000 (€14,033 - 21,050). Lot sold 687,500 HKD (77,613 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. of lotus bud form, the globular body gently tapering towards the rim and supported on three short cabriole legs, applied overall with a pale grey-green glaze mottled with milky caramel, the feet unglazed, revealing the buff grey body - 7 cm, 2 3/4  in. Note: Sotheby's London, 11th May 1965, lot 17... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2016

Getty Villa highlights mosaics from archeological sites across the Roman Empire

Corner panel from Bear Hunt (detail), A.D. 300-400, Baiae, Italy, stone. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Photo: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California. LOS ANGELES, CA.- Mosaics once decorated luxurious domestic and public buildings across the broad expanse of the Roman Empire. Scenes from mythology, daily life, nature, and arena spectacles enlivened interior spaces and reflected the cultural ambitions of wealthy patrons. Roman Mosaics across the Empire, on view March 30–September 12, 2016, at... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2016

A ‘Cizhou’ ‘Juluxian’ bowl, Song dynasty

Lot 10, A ‘Cizhou’ ‘Juluxian’ bowl, Song dynasty. Estimate HK$12,000 — 18,000 (€1,403 - 2,105). Lot sold 437,500 HKD (49,390 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the deep rounded sides rising from a neatly cut foot to a gently flaring rim, the interior with six vertical raised ribs radiating from the centre, covered in a white slip that stops well above the foot, and a milky, translucent glaze, revealing the greyish body at the foot, suffused with a network of golden-beige crackle - 12.5 cm, 5... [Lire la suite]

31 mars 2016

A ‘Cizhou’ 'melon' jar, Five Dynasties-Song dynasty

Lot 7, A ‘Cizhou’ 'melon' jar, Five Dynasties-Song dynasty. Estimate HK$8,000 — 10,000 (€936 - 1,169). Lot sold 187,500 HKD (21,167 EUR). Photo Sotheby's. the compressed globular body divided into fourteen lobes, rising from a knife-pared splayed foot to a waisted neck with flared rim, covered overall in a creamy ivory glaze stopping neatly above the foot to reveal the buff-coloured body- 9.5 cm, 3 3/4  in. Provenance: Sotheby's London, 22nd January 1963, lot 19... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2016

A ‘Cizhou’ carved ‘floral’ bowl, Song dynasty

Lot 6, A ‘Cizhou’ carved ‘floral’ bowl, Song dynasty. Estimate HK$8,000 — 10,000 (€936 - 1,169). Lot sold 87,500 HKD (9,878 EUR).  Photo Sotheby's. with rounded sides supported on a short knife-pared foot, the interior freely carved with a floral spray with combed petals and leaves, all within a line border, covered overall with a creamy glaze falling short of the foot revealing the buff mottled body - 9 cm, 3 1/2  in. Provenance: Entwistle, 1962.  Bluett... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2016

Les deux derniers pleurants en marbre provenant du tombeau du duc de Berry en vente à Paris, le 15 juin 2016

Jean de Cambrai (connu entre 1375 et 1438), Deux figures de Pleurants en marbre, Bourges, vers 1396-1416. Estimation : €4.500.000-5.500.000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Paris – Le 15 juin prochain, au sein de la vente Sculpture et Objets d’Art européens, Christie’s aura le privilège de présenter aux enchères deux chefs-d’œuvre de la statuaire médiévale : les deux derniers pleurants en marbre provenant du tombeau de Jean de France (1340-1416), duc de Berry et frère du roi Charles V... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2016

Scottish National Portrait Gallery acquires outstanding Ramsay portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

Allan Ramsay (1713-84), Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1720-88), 1745. Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the Trustees of the Wemyss Heirlooms Trust and allocated to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 2016. EDINBURGH.- A hugely significant portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie by the greatest Scottish portrait painter of the eighteenth century has been acquired by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery thanks to the AIL (Acceptance in Lieu of Tax) Scheme. Prince Charles Edward Stuart... [Lire la suite]