31 mars 2017

A rare pair of grisaille-decorated 'figure in landscape' cups, marks and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

  Lot 3105. A rare pair of grisaille-decorated 'figure in landscape' cups, marks and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735), d. 5.4 cm, 2 1/8  in. Estimate 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  each delicately potted with a deep U-shaped body rising from a short foot to a flared rim and decorated in shaded washes of sepia and grisaille with a painterly tranquil landscape scene detailed with tall mountains, lush vegetation and a river, one cup further depicting a... [Lire la suite]

31 mars 2017

A famille-verte 'flower and butterfly' wine cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722)

 Lot 3104. A famille-verte 'flower and butterfly' wine cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722), 6.3 cm, 2 1/2  in. Estimate 1,200,000 — 1,800,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  with delicately potted rounded sides rising from a countersunk base to a gently flared rim, the exterior finely decorated with fluttering butterflies on one side and flowering plants borne on leafy stems issuing from the ground on the other, the interior picked out with an iron-red butterfly, the base... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2017

A miniature blue and white lobed 'floral' medicine dish, Mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566)

Lot 3103. A miniature blue and white lobed 'floral' medicine dish, Mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566), 5 cm, 2 in. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  delicately potted with shallow rounded sides rising from a short foot to a flared lobed rim, the sides gently detailed with incised swirls to simulate petals, the interior decorated in underglaze blue with a double-line medallion framing a central floral bloom wreathed by stylised foliage, all within a double-line undulating... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2017

Christie's announces highlights from its Classic Week in New York

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces Classic Week in New York, which brings together five auctions: Old Masters, Sculpture, Antiquities, The Exceptional Sale of decorative arts and Classical Japanese and Korean Art. Highlights include paintings by Hugo van der Goes, Govaert Flinck and Nicolas Lancret. They are accompanied by an Anatolian Marble Stargazer from The Guennol Collection, a Greek Bronze Chalcidian helmet, an iron articulated dragon, Hokusai’s iconic image In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa, a 17th-century... [Lire la suite]
31 mars 2017

Royal curator sheds new light on reclusive Duke

The 5th Duke of Portland, Richard Dighton © The Harley Gallery.  WORKSOP.- Best known for the extensive tunnels he built underneath the family home at Welbeck Abbey on the Welbeck Estate, the eccentric and reclusive 5th Duke of Portland is revealed in a new light through his “extraordinary collection” of miniature paintings says Senior Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection, Vanessa Remington.  Having catalogued the ‘miniatures’ in the Royal Collection, Remington was invited to curate a new... [Lire la suite]