08 janvier 2017

A rare imperial green-overlay white glass ‘mythical beast’ waterpot, Incised mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 3762. A rare imperial green-overlay white glass ‘mythical beast’ waterpot, Incised mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795). Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 625,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. the tapering ovoid body rising to an incurved rim, the opaque white body overlaid in pale turquoise-green, carved with chilong and a mythical beast writhing above turbulent crashing waves, incised with a four-character reign mark below the rim - 6.3 cm., 2 1/2  in. Notes: This... [Lire la suite]

08 janvier 2017

An imperial coral carving of a dragon, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3655. An imperial coral carving of a dragon, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD. Lot sold 750,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. intricately carved in the round as a scaly dragon writhing sinuously amist ruyi-shaped cloud swirls, its ferocious expression depicted with bulging eyes and an open mouth revealing its tongue, its back carved with tumultuous cresting waves, wood stand - 20.3 cm., 8 in. Note: Coral carvings of figures and animals, designed as... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2017

A superb pair of bronze 'mythical beast' paperweights, Song-Yuan dynasty

Lot 3797. A superb pair of bronze 'mythical beast' paperweights, Song-Yuan dynasty. Estimate 350,000 — 450,000 HKD. Lot sold 437,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. each naturalistically cast in the form of a mythical beast crouching and facing forward, their taut muscular bodies well pronounced, one with the head of a goat, its long curved horn and beard meticulously articulated, the other with a dragon's head and depicted looking ferocious with an open mouth, the bronze patinated to a deep brown colour... [Lire la suite]
08 janvier 2017

A finely cast gilt-bronze 'chimera' incense burner and cover, mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435)

Lot 3759. A finely cast gilt-bronze 'chimera' incense burner and cover, mark and period of Xuande (1426-1435); 17.7 cm, 6 1/2  in. Estimate 700,000 — 900,000 HKD. Lot sold 875,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. boldly cast as an incense burner in the form of a luduan depicted standing on a snake-like mythical creature, gripping it with its four claws, the serpentine figure coiled around forming the base of the vessel, the beast’s head flaring nostrils and bushy... [Lire la suite]
08 janvier 2017

A rare agate 'double ram' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 3769. A rare agate 'double ram' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Estimate 700,000 — 900,000 HKD. Lot sold 875,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  naturalistically carved and skilfully hollowed to the interior in the form of a recumbent ram with its head turned backwards, its young resting by its side whilst suspending a sprig in its mouth, both animals detailed with ruyi-shaped tails, the opaque stone of a variegated warm amber tone, wood stand - 9.6 cm., 3 3/4 ... [Lire la suite]
08 janvier 2017

A rare agate cup, Incised seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 3774. A rare agate cup, Incised seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735). Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,060,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  the exquisite caramel and golden-yellow material highlighted with attractive darker-brown veins, superbly carved with delicate sides rising steeply from a short splayed foot, the countersunk base incised with a four-character seal mark - 10.7 cm., 4 1/4  in. Provenance: An old Scottish collection. Note: A... [Lire la suite]

08 janvier 2017

Vase with raised grooves in Song style, Qing dynasty, Reign of the Yongzheng emperor (1723-1735)

Vase with raised grooves in Song style, Qing dynasty, Reign of the Yongzheng emperor (1723-1735), China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with crackled glaze, guan ware. H. 9 1/4 in x Diam. 5 3/4 in, H. 23.5 cm x Diam. 14.6 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P2280 © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture This vessel's shape and its net-like crackled glaze were common among official (guan) wares produced at the imperial kilns during the Southern Song... [Lire la suite]
08 janvier 2017

Vase in a Song dynasty style, Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795)

Vase in a Song dynasty style, Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795), China, Jiangxi province. Porcelain, guan ware. H. 8 3/8 in x Diam. 5 3/4 in, H. 21.3 cm x Diam. 14.6 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P2321 © 2016 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture
08 janvier 2017

A Lacquer Casket Commissioned by the Portuguese, Momoyama period, late 16th century

Lot 5. A Lacquer Casket Commissioned by the Portuguese, Momoyama period, late 16th century © Christie's Image Ltd 2016 The rectangular casket with domed hinged cover, decorated in gold hiramaki-e and inlaid in mother-of-pearl on a black ground, the cover with prunus, camellia with flowering vines and tachibana, the front with kiri [paulownia], prunus and peony, one side with morning glory and tachibana, the other side with vines and autumn flowers, the back with further vines and flowers,... [Lire la suite]
08 janvier 2017

A Lacquer Casket Commissioned by the Portuguese, Momoyama period, late 16th century

Lot 4. A Lacquer Casket Commissioned by the Portuguese, Momoyama period, late 16th century © Christie's Image Ltd 2016 The rectangular casket with domed hinged cover, decorated in gold hiramaki-e and inlaid in mother-of-pearl on a black ground, the cover and the front with camellia and kiri [paulownia], the sides with morning glory and vines, the back with further vines, each panel bordered with bands of geometric patterns and namban tendril, copper fittings engraved with stylised flowers... [Lire la suite]