16 juin 2017

Exhibition marks the 450th anniversary of the accession of the Habsburg Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol

Archduke Ferdinand II (1529 - 1595), around 1575, German © KHM-Museumverband INNSBRUCK.- 450 years ago, on January, 17 1567, Archduke Ferdinand II (1525-1595) made his solemn entry into Innsbruck. Ambras Castle Innsbruck is marking this anniversary by dedicating a major exhibition to the princely sovereign of Tyrol for the first time. For around thirty years the Habsburg Archduke guided the fortunes of the County of Tyrol. Prior to that, he was appointed administrating governor to the Kingdom of Bohemia, taking up... [Lire la suite]
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16 juin 2017

A pair of famille rose bowls, China, Yongzheng six character mark of the period (1723-1735)

Lot 350. A pair of famille rose bowls, China, Yongzheng six character mark of the period (1723-1735), diameter 13.8 cm. Estimate CHF 6,000 / 9,000 (€ 5 560 / 8 330). Sold for CHF 4 000 (hammer price). © Koller Zurich Minor chip and underglaze body cracks. (2) Koller Zurich. Asian Art: Himalaya, China - Tuesday 13 June 2017, 10.00 AM
16 juin 2017

A white-glazed stem cup with anhua dragon decoration, China, 17th century

Lot 349. A white-glazed stem cup with anhua dragon decoration, China, 17th century. Height 10.5 cm. Estimate CHF 3,000 / 5,000 (€ 2 780/4 630). Sold for CHF 6 000 (hammer price). © Koller Zurich Wide bowl with extended lip on slightly tapered, grooved foot. A thin, fluid glaze overlays the incised Anhua decor inside, which shows two four-clawed dragons with flamed wish beads. Cloth-bound case with leather mounts. Transport container. Two fine hairlines. Koller... [Lire la suite]
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16 juin 2017

A blue and white "phoenix tail" vase with lotus decoration, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 337. A blue and white "phoenix tail" vase with lotus decoration, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722), height 46 cm.  Estimate CHF 6,000 / 9,000 (€ 5 560/8 330). Sold for CHF 6 000 (hammer price). © Koller Zurich Slender vase with contrasting neck. The under-glass-bubbled decor depicts lotus blossoms on the neck and the bulbous wall with creeping stems and leaves. Geometrically-abstract borders separate the decorative fields from each other and frame them. Koller Zurich. Asian Art:... [Lire la suite]
16 juin 2017

A famille verte rouleau vase decorated with a pair of phoenixes, China, Kangxi period

Lot 341. A famille verte rouleau vase decorated with a pair of phoenixes, China, Kangxi period, height 46.5 cm. Estimate CHF 8,000 / 12,000 (€ 7 410/11 110). Sold for CHF 8 000 (hammer price). © Koller Zurich The circulating decor in the colors of the Famille verte, with little gold hewn, prominently shows a pair of phoenixes in front of overgrown peonies. Another pair of birds sitting on a blossoming cherry branch, in the background flying small birds. A grid border on the shoulder sets... [Lire la suite]
16 juin 2017

A yellow-glazed dish., China, underglaze blue Jiajing six character mark in a double circle and of the period

Lot 348. A yellow-glazed dish., China, underglaze blue Jiajing six character mark in a double circle and of the period, diameter 17.9 cm. Estimate CHF 8,000 / 12,000 (€ 7 410/11 110). Sold for CHF 10 000 (hammer price). © Koller Zurich Stylish round bowl with slightly extended lip on a wide foot. The thinness of the glaze is condensed into the form of tiny streaks, and in the interior there is accumulation of individual spots which make the yellow-brown appear. Jiajing double-glass jaw in... [Lire la suite]
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16 juin 2017

A Longquan celadon baluster jar carved with the Eight Immortals, China, Yuan-early Ming dynasty

Lot 333. A Longquan celadon baluster jar carved with the Eight Immortals, China, Yuan-early Ming dynasty, diameter 27 cm. Later added is bronze. Estimate CHF 18,000 / 25,000 (€ 16 670/23 150). Sold for CHF 18 000 (hammer price). © Koller Zurich From the Longquan ovens. Under the typical celadon glaze cut decor of the Eight Immortals on rocky ground, between flowers and clouds. The lower third of the outer wall is occupied by a dense lotus leaf rim. Later gilded bronze... [Lire la suite]
16 juin 2017

Record prices for rare imperial Chinese artworks and Himalayan sculpture

Lot 185. A very important imperial bronze bell "Bozhong", China, Qianlong, dated 1761. With inscription by Emperor Qianlong. Estimate CHF 200,000 / 300,000 (€ 185 190/277 780). Sold for CHF 1 035 000 (hammer price). © Koller Zurich ZURICH.- The 13-14 June Asian Art auctions at Koller Zurich were enormously successful, with a string of top prices for Chinese & Himalayan art, particularly for three rare Chinese Imperial artworks from a private collection - which alone realized 2.64 million Swiss... [Lire la suite]
16 juin 2017

Museo del Prado opens new permanent collection itinerary on same-sex relationships

Room 12. Hermaphrodite. Deceptive Appearances Section. MADRID.- The Museo del Prado is inviting visitors to focus on its collection from a different viewpoint through a selection of 30 paintings, sculptures and drawings which are habitually on display in its galleries. Representing part of the complex western cultural heritage, they can now be viewed as a marvellous testimony to different, minority and, on occasions, silent affective formulas.  Each of these independent but interrelated thematic routes reflects an... [Lire la suite]