26 juillet 2017

An archaic copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel and cover, bianhu, Warring States period (475-221 BC) 

Lot 4136. An archaic copper-inlaid bronze wine vessel and cover, bianhu, Warring States period (475-221 BC), 14 1/2 in. (37 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 1,200,000 - HKD 1,800,000. Price realised HKD 2,060,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The flattened, oval body is raised on a low rectangular foot, and is decorated with bordered panels of tight abstract scroll pattern arranged in five registers and separated by bands of copper inlay. Each narrow side is applied on the shoulder with... [Lire la suite]

26 juillet 2017

A rare archaic inscribed bronze vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC

Lot 4135. A rare archaic inscribed bronze vessel, gui, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC, 11 in. (28 cm.) across handles. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000. Price realised HKD 1,220,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The compressed globular body is flanked by a pair of C-shaped handles issuing from rams' heads, and is decorated below the everted rim with a band of taotie masks reserved on a leiwen ground which is centred on each side with an animal-mask cast in... [Lire la suite]
26 juillet 2017

Exhibition explores the competitive spirit that was a powerful element in Greek society

Niké-winged with wind-blown clothes, c. 100 BC., Halicarnassus. Marble Statue. © The Trustees of the British Museum MADRID.- In its cultural programme, ”la Caixa” Foundation pays particular attention to the great cultures of the past. Accordingly, the institution regularly presents exhibitions aimed at enabling audiences to discover the ways in which men and women from different places and times have sought to answer the great universal questions, and at increasing our understanding of the world through recent historical and... [Lire la suite]
26 juillet 2017

Dish with lions, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566)

Dish with lions, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Jiajing emperor (1522-1566), China, Jiangxi province. White-glazed porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration. H. 1 1/8 in x Diam. 6 in, H. 2.9 cm x Diam. 15.2 cm. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P2308 © 2017 Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture This type of decoration was applied on cups, dishes, and jars of the Jiajing period. The common motifs seen were fishes, cranes, boys, and lions. The interior bottom shows two... [Lire la suite]
26 juillet 2017

Porcelain Lion dogs dishes with green enamel reserved on a red ground, Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period (1522-1566)

Porcelain Lion dogs dish with green enamel reserved on a red ground, Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period (1522-1566), diam 15,5 cm, height 2,9 cm. Bequeathed by Henry J Oppenheim, 1947,0712.99 © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum Potted along conventional lines, this dish has shallow rounded sides, a flared everted rim and a tapering foot. An unusual combination of colours makes it rather rare. Comical Buddhist lion-dogs, pursuing brocade balls, are reserved against an iron-red ground and painted in green... [Lire la suite]
25 juillet 2017

A fine and very rare iron-red ground blue and white dish, Jiajing six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (15

Lot 4064. A fine and very rare iron-red ground blue and white dish, Jiajing six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1522-1566), 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000. Price realised HKD 1,100,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The small dish is of shallow form resting on a short foot. It is finely painted within the well in purplish-blue cobalt with two Buddhist lions either side of a central beribboned brocade ball with auspicious... [Lire la suite]

25 juillet 2017

Exhibition at Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace focuses on Polish king John III Sobieski

Roman Painter (?), Portrait of John III on horseback, around 1704. Oil on canvas © Warsaw, Royal Castle – Museum VIENNA.- The Polish king John III Sobieski (1629–1696) is inextricably linked to the history of Vienna. As the commander-in-chief of united armed forces, he liberated the city from the Ottoman siege that lasted several weeks in 1683. With this victory, he secured a place in world history and in the collective Austrian memory. Developed in cooperation with four major Polish residences, the exhibition at Prince... [Lire la suite]
25 juillet 2017

A large Longquan celadon bowl, Yongle period (1402-1424)

Lot 4247. A large Longquan celadon bowl, Yongle period (1402-1424), 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 200,000. Price realised HKD 225,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The shallow bowl is thickly potted with rounded sides supported on a short tapering foot, carved to the interior with a large peony bloom within a foliate panel at the centre, and a wide band of undulating peony scroll on the well, the pattern repeated on the exterior. It is covered in an even celadon glaze... [Lire la suite]
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25 juillet 2017

A rare Longquan celadon moulded trumpet-necked baluster vase, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 14th century

Lot 4244. A rare Longquan celadon moulded trumpet-necked baluster vase, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 14th century, 14 1/2 in. (37 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 250,000 - HKD 350,000. Price realised HKD 225,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The sturdily-potted body is decorated in relief with meandering stems bearing peony blossoms above a band of upright leaves. The neck rises to a trumpet mouth and moulded with raised bowstring bands. It is covered overall with an olive green glaze thinning to the carved... [Lire la suite]
25 juillet 2017

A Longquan celadon carved and sprig moulded 'Dragon' dish, Ming dynasty, 14th century 

Lot 4249. A Longquan celadon carved and sprig moulded 'Dragon' dish, Ming dynasty, 14th century; 13 5/8 in. (34.7 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 350,000 - HKD 450,000. Price realised HKD 325,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The dish is sturdily potted with shallow rounded sides rising to an everted rim. The interior is decorated in relief with a scaly four-clawed dragon leaping in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', surrounded by scrolls carved in the well. The exterior is carved with chrysanthemum... [Lire la suite]