29 août 2016

Culture Minister steps in to prevent Queen Victoria's coronet from export

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert.  LONDON.- Culture Minister Matt Hancock has placed a temporary export bar on Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet to keep it in the country. Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £5 million (plus £1m VAT). The coronet is considered one of the most important jewels of Queen Victoria’s reign. It... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2016

A Longquan celadon ‘twin-phoenix’ mallet vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 717. A Longquan celadon ‘twin-phoenix’ mallet vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)10 ¾ in. (27.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 605,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The vase is robustly potted with a mallet-shaped body, with sides tapering slightly towards the foot from the canted shoulder. The tall neck is flanked by a pair of phoenix handles below the widely flared mouth with upturned rim. The vase is covered overall with an even glaze of soft sea-green tone,... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

A small Longquan celadon long-necked vase, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 716. A small Longquan celadon long-necked vase, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279); 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.) high. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 245,000.  © Christie's Images Ltd 2016. The vase has a compressed globular body raised on a tall cylindrical foot, and a tall neck that rises to an everted mouth rim. The vase is covered with an even glaze of sea-green tone, with the exception of the ring foot which is burnt to a reddish-brown color, Japanese wood box. ... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

A Guan-type Longquan tripod censer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

 Lot 718. A Guan-type Longquan tripod censer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 4 11/16 in. (12 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 209,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The censer has a cylindrical ribbed body with a countersunk base supported on three cabriole legs and rises to an inverted broad rim. It is covered, overall with a warm golden ivory glaze suffused with extensive icy crackles and a wider network of dark crackles, Japanese wood box. ... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

"Masséot Abaquesne : L'éclat de la faïence à la Renaissance" au Château d'Écouen - Musée de la Renaissance

Masséot Abaquesne : L'éclat de la faïence à la Renaissance. Affiche ECOUEN -Le musée national de la Renaissance, en partenariat avec le musée des Beaux-arts et de la Céramique de Rouen, organise en 2016 une exposition sur le faïencier rouennais Masséot Abaquesne. Cette exposition, première grande rétrospective consacrée au faïencier rouennais Masséot abaquesne, est organisée par deux institutions dont les collections sont liées, historiquement, à la production de cet artiste. Abaquesne actif à Rouen dès 1526... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

Four jars, Sa Huỳnh culture, Southern Central Vietnam, c. 5th-2nd century BCE at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Jar, Sa Huỳnh culture, Southern Central Vietnam, c. 5th-2nd century BCE. Black earthenware with red pigments and impressed decor, 3 x 5 x 5 in. (7.6 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm). The Alan and Dena Naylor Southeast Asian Art Fund (2001.31.1). Minneapolis Institute of Art.  Iron age earthenware objects exhibit a number of local variations in south central Vietnam. The group shown here, when compared to other Sa Huyn ceramics, displays a finer workmanship; with balanced shapes, precise potting, neatly impressed and... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2016

Vessel in the Form of a Horn, Vietnam (Sa Huỳnh culture?), ca. 500 B.C.–A.D. 100

Vessel in the Form of a Horn, Vietnam (Sa Huỳnh culture?), ca. 500 B.C.–A.D. 100. Stone. H. 2 3/4 (7 cm); Diam. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchase, Rogers Fund, Josephine L. Berger-Nadler and Dr. M. Leon Canick Gift, and John and Evelyn Kossak Foundation Inc. Gift, 1999 (1999.276) © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art This enigmatic object in the shape of a horn with a curled end is related in stone type and patina to two forms of earrings—one circular and the other with... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

"Balzac et les artistes : entre mythe et réalité" à La Maison de Balzac

Balzac et les artistes : entre mythe et réalité. Affiche.  PARIS - De la petite table en bois sur laquelle aura été écrite toute La Comédie humaine, jusqu’aux tout récents portraits de l’écrivain par Eduardo Arroyo ou Olivier Blanckart, la Maison de Balzac explore, le temps d’une exposition, le regard porté sur la création artistique d’Honoré de Balzac. On sait qu’il écrivait seul, souvent la nuit. Le cabinet de travail qui a fait l’objet d’une rénovation récente, l’une des pièces les plus émouvantes du musée,... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

A rare huanghuali square meditation stool, chandeng, 17th century

Lot 1122. A rare huanghuali square meditation stool, chandeng, 17th century. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The soft cane seat is set within a square frame with ‘ice plate’ edge above a narrow waist and shaped aprons finely carved with delicate, scrolling tendrils and a beaded edge that join the square legs above humpbacked stretchers. The legs terminate in hoof feet. 20 in. (51 cm.) high, 29 7/8 in. (76 cm.) square Provenance: Ever Arts Gallery,... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2016

A rare pair of huanghuali and spotted bamboo scholar’s cabinets, yuanjiaogui, 17th century

Lot 1113. A rare pair of huanghuali and spotted bamboo scholar’s cabinets, yuanjiaogui, 17th century. Estimate USD 2,800,000 - USD 3,200,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. Each huanghuali-framed cabinet has a huanghuali single-panel top within a protruding frame with round corners raised on slightly splayed legs of rounded square section. The sides and doors, which open from the removable center stile to reveal three shelves and a dark red lacquered interior, have... [Lire la suite]