28 mars 2017

Major new exhibition reveals the central place of religion in the Italian Renaissance home

Studio of Sandro Botticelli, Virgin and Child, Florence, c.1480–90, oil on panel. Bequeathed by Charles Brinsley Marlay, 1912 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge CAMBRIDGE.- The Fitzwilliam Museum opened a major new exhibition that reveals the central place of religion in the Italian Renaissance home from March 7 - 4 June 2017. ‘Madonnas and Miracles’ shows how religious beliefs and practices were embedded in every aspect of domestic life. Challenging the idea of the... [Lire la suite]

28 mars 2017

An exceptional yellow-ground blue and white 'gardenia' dish, Mark and period of Hongzhi (1488-1505)

Lot 2. An Exceptional Yellow-Ground, Blue And White 'Gardenia' Dish, Mark And Period Of Hongzhi (1488-1505). Diameter 26.1 cm. Est. HK$2.5 – 3.5 million / US$320,000 – 449,000. Photo: Sotheby's. the shallow rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to an everted rim, freely painted in shaded tones of cobalt reserved on a rich yellow ground, the interior with a slightly recessed medallion enclosing a leafy branch bearing two five-petalled gardenia blooms and a tightly closed... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2017

An Exceptional Junyao Purple And Blue Glazed Tripod Circular Narcissus Bowl, Early Ming Dynasty

Lot 1107. An Exceptional Junyao Purple And Blue Glazed Tripod Circular Narcissus Bowl, Early Ming Dynasty. Diameter 20.3 cm. Est. HK$8– 12 million / US$1 – 1.5 million. Photo: Sotheby's. with shallow rounded sides curving down to a flat recessed base supported on three gently flaring ruyi-shaped feet, the rim bordered with a band enclosing evenly spaced rounded studs between two narrow raised ribs, above a further band of studs above the feet, the well-proportioned body skilfully applied with... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2017

An Outstanding And Extremely Rare Celadon Jade Figure Of An Elephant, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-26 AD)

Lot 3305. An Outstanding And Extremely Rare Celadon Jade Figure Of An Elephant, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-26 AD), 8.4 cm. Est. HK$5– 7 million / US$641,000 – 897,000. Photo: Sotheby's. skilfully worked in the round as an Asian elephant standing foursquare on its short legs with its long trunk curled to its left and its tail swished to its right, the animal depicted with characteristic dorsal bumps flanked by floppy ears, the corpulent body rendered gravitating towards the ground and delicately detailed... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2017

A ‘Huanghuali’ Dressing Case With Carved Doors And Gilt-Bronze Fittings, Late Ming – Early Qing Dynasty

Lot 3508. A ‘Huanghuali’ Dressing Case With Carved Doors And Gilt-Bronze Fittings, Late Ming – Early Qing Dynasty, 37 x 39.1 x 32.1 cm. Est. HK$800,000 – 1.2 million / US$103,000 – 154,000. Photo: Sotheby's. of rectangular form, constructed with straight sides resting on a slightly larger base with a stylised lotus lappet border, surmounted by a cover hinged on the back of the dressing case, the front with a pair of doors hinged to the sides with cusped and finely detailed gilt-bronze plates, embellished across... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2017

An Exceptional And Extremely Rare Dingyao Carved 'Peony' Bottle Vase, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 3218. An Exceptional And Extremely Rare Dingyao Carved 'Peony' Bottle Vase, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Height 25 cm. Est. HK$8 – 12 million / US$1 million – 1.5 million. Photo: Sotheby's. the sumptuous globular body surmounted by a tall neck of elegant cylindrical form, slightly flaring as it emanates from the shoulder and extends to a flanged everted rim, all supported on a splayed foot, very finely carved with two luxuriant peony flowers, their stems and foliage spreading... [Lire la suite]

28 mars 2017

An Extremely Fine and Rare Blue and White Cup, Mark and Period of Chenghua (1465-1487)

Lot 3102. An Extremely Fine and Rare Blue and White Cup, Mark and Period of Chenghua (1465-1487). Diameter 7.8 cm. Est. HK$15 million – 20 million / US$1.94 million – 2.58 million. Photo: Sotheby's. exquisitely potted with rounded sides resting on a countersunk base, delicately painted in characteristic soft tones of cobalt-blue in outlines infilled with wash, the exterior with six evenly spaced flowering gardenia sprigs, each with a single bloom enclosed by clustered leaves,... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2017

An Extremely Rare Doucai Stem Cup, Mark and Period of Chenghua (1465-1487)

Lot 3101. An Extremely Rare Doucai Stem Cup, Mark and Period of Chenghua (1465-1487). Height 7.7 cm. Est. HK$8 million – 12 million / US$ 1.04 million – 1.55 million. Photo: Sotheby's. delicately potted with a deep U-shaped cup supported on a tall splayed foot bordered with a raised fillet, the exterior of the cup delicately decorated in underglaze blue as well as red, yellow and green enamels with four evenly spaced medallions of roses wreathed by fine foliage, two of the blooms rendered in red and... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2017

A Magnificent And Extremely Rare Dry-Lacquer Head Of Avalokitesvara, Tang Dynasty

Lot 3015. A Magnificent And Extremely Rare Dry-Lacquer Head Of Avalokitesvara, Tang Dynasty, 43.3 cm / Overall (including wood stand) 67.8 cm. Est. HK$18 million – 25 million / US$2.3 million – 3.2 million. Photo: Sotheby's. superbly and sensitively modelled as the sensuous full face of a the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara portrayed with slender bow-shaped eyes and hooded eyelids casting a meditative and powerful aura with the downcast omniscient black glass pupils, all below arched... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2017

An Exquisite Copper-Red ‘Three Fish’ Stem Cup, Mark and Period of Xuande (1426-1435)

Lot 3610. An Exquisite Copper-Red ‘Three Fish’ Stem Cup, Mark and Period of Xuande (1426-1435). Diameter 11.7 cm. Est. HK$30 million – 40 million / US$3.8 – 5.1 million. Photo: Sotheby's. exquisitely potted with steep rounded sides rising to a flared rim, supported on a hollow splayed foot, the exterior precisely applied with thick copper-red splashes with a vibrant design of three stylised fish depicted in silhouette, two of the fish portrayed facing each other, the other swimming in the... [Lire la suite]