17 février 2017

A pair of bronze dragon-head terminals, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC

Lot 807. A pair of bronze dragon-head terminals, Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th-10th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Each is heavily cast as a bottle-horn dragon head, the tops of the horns with whorl motifs. 2 in. (5.1 cm.) high Provenance: The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1982. Christie's. The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art, 16 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center

17 février 2017

Phillips announces highlights from the 20th Century & Contemporary Art auctions in London

Miquel Barceló (b. 1957), Muletero. Mixed media on canvas, 130.8 x 161.2 cm (51 1/ 2 x 63 1/ 2 in.). Executed in 1990. Estimate: £2,500,000-3,500,000. Image courtesy of Phillips. LONDON.- This March, Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Art auctions will bring together a selection of celebrated international names. The Evening Sale includes paintings by Josef Albers, Frank Auerbach, Wade Guyton and Christopher Wool; important artworks by Japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama; and... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

A greyish-green jade, huan, 2nd-1st millennium BC

Lot 806. A greyish-green jade, huan, 2nd-1st millennium BC. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The thin disc has a large central aperture with very slightly rounded inner wall, and the semi-translucent stone has a satiny polish. Together with a mottled brown and beige jade disc, Shang dynasty (c. 1600-1100 BC), the semi-translucent stone has some cloudy opaque alteration on one side. 3 7/8 and 3 3/8 in. (9.8 and 8.5 cm.) diam. Provenance: The Erwin Harris Collection,... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

Exhibition of works by Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne opens at Robilant+Voena

Claude Lalanne, Choupatte, 2014. Bronze with green patina, 55 x 66 cm. ST. MORITZ.- Robilant+Voena present Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, an exhibition of works by the French artist duo on view at their St Moritz gallery from 17 February to 27 March 2017. François-Xavier (1927 - 2008) is renowned for his large-scale sculpture animals that often contain secret compartments or double as functional furniture, such as his 1964 Rhinocrataire – a life-size rhino with a desk concealed in its stomach. Claude... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

Frances Lehman Loeb Center acquires rare medieval Limoges Eucharistic Dove

Eucharistic Dove, 1215-1235. Champlevé enamel, parcel gilt and engraved copper, circular base and hinged lid later. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby’s. POUGHKEEPSIE, NY.- The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College announces its acquisition of a 13th century Limoges Eucharistic Dove. The piece is exquisite, featuring Champlevé enamel, parcel gilt and engraved copper on a circular base. The purpose of a Eucharistic Dove was to hang above the altar both suggesting the dove of the Holy Spirit and, in fact, housing... [Lire la suite]
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17 février 2017

Exhibition brings to light one of the founding myths of ancient Egypt: The Mysteries of Osiris

Colossal statue of the god Hapi, Thonis-Heraklion, Bay of Abukir, Egypt (SCA 281). Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio, Hilti Foundation. ZURICH.- After Paris and London for the first time in a German-speaking country: A fascinating exhibition at Museum Rietberg in Zurich shows the latest underwater archaeological finds. On 10 February 2017, the exhibition Osiris – Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries opened at Museum Rietberg in Zurich. The exhibition brings to light one of the founding myths of ancient Egypt: the... [Lire la suite]

17 février 2017

Rembrandt van Rijn, "the Braunschweig terrier", around 1637

Rembrandt van Rijn, "the Braunschweig terrier", around 1637, Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig.  The Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig discovered a chalk drawing of a dog has been identified as a work by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. Known as "the Braunschweig terrier," the image is believed to date from around 1637; it has been in the museum's collection since 1770.
17 février 2017

Lobed mirror with birds, animals, and floral scrolls, China, early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–first half of 8th century

Lobed mirror with birds, animals, and floral scrolls, China, early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–first half of 8th century. Cast bronze and applied silver plaque with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration and mercury gilding. Purchase, Freer Gallery of Art, F1954.22 © 2017 Smithsonian Institution Mirrors were durable treasures. When not in use, mirrors such as this, backed with an elaborately decorated silver plaque, may have been protected in silk wrappers. Traces of fabric impressions are still... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

Square mirror with floral medallion, plant sprays, birds, and insects China, mid-Tang dynasty, 8th century

Square mirror with floral medallion, plant sprays, birds, and insects, China, mid-Tang dynasty, 8th century. Cast bronze, gold and silver sheets with chased decoration, and lacquer. Purchase, Freer Gallery of Art F1944.8 © 2017 Smithsonian Institution The decoration on the back of this mirror was done in pingtuo, one of the most sumptuous decorative techniques developed during the Tang dynasty. To produce this design of four mythical birds surrounded by butterflies amid vegetal scrolls and sprays,... [Lire la suite]
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17 février 2017

Octagonal mirror with animals, flowerets, and floral scrolls, early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–first half of 8th century

Octagonal mirror with animals, flowerets, and floral scrolls, China, early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th–first half of 8th century. Cast bronze and applied gold plaque with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration. Purchase, Freer Gallery of Art, F1935.6a-b © 2017 Smithsonian Institution The mirror’s diminutive size (slightly more than two inches in diameter) and finely worked gold back suggest its preciousness. Carried in a wide sleeve of a garment or in a silk pouch, mirrors such as this were... [Lire la suite]