28 août 2017

Achaemenid Gold Cloisonné Pectoral, 6th-4th century B.C.E.

Achaemenid Gold Cloisonné Pectoral, 6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold and cloisonné, H. 26 cm.; W. 24 cm. © Miho Museum This pectoral is the most splendid example of Achaemenid court jewelry presently known. It comprises three different parts: a collar-like front section that is flat; a long, clasp-like, tubular element that attaches at duck's-head terminals; and a pendant hinged to the front. According to ancient sources, the Achaemenid "Kings of Kings" sometimes honored their followers with jewelry. These gifts befitted not only the... [Lire la suite]
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28 août 2017

Pair of Achaemenid Gold Bracelets with Winged-caprid Termini with Cloisonne Inlay, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E.

Pair of Achaemenid Gold Bracelets with Winged-caprid Termini with Cloisonne Inlay, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold with lapis lazuli and carnelian inlay, W. 11.1 cm. each © Miho Museum These two magnificent bracelets are said to have originally belonged with the torque (cat. no. 38) and should likewise be attributed to the late Achaemenid period.1 An association of these pieces is corroborated by stylistic and technical similarities.  The bracelets are composed of separately made gold elements, such as the caprid terminals,... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Seated Ducks, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E.

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Seated Ducks, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold with lapis lazuli, turquoise, onyx, and rock crystal inlay, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E., W. 10.5 cm. © Miho Museum The jeweler of this bracelet chose ducks as terminal figures and combined them with a rather heavy looking circlet that can be opened. The ducks were fashioned separately, and all the feathers and the eyes were originally characterized by inlays. The ducks' bills are not preserved. The birds are fixed to a single... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Duck's Heads, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E.

Achaemenid Gold Bracelet with Inlaid Termini in the Form of Duck's Heads, mid-6th-4th century B.C.E. Gold with lapis lazuli, agate, and carnelian inlay, W. 8 cm. © Miho Museum The massive bracelet is more or less a smaller, simplified version of catalogue number 40. The ducks are reduced to protomes with their heads turned back in a typical Achaemenid fashion.1 The bracelet is constructed of hollow gold tubing, and the duck protomes were formerly elaborately inlayed with colored stones. One duck bill is made of agate, the other of... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

A fine teadust-glazed bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 24. A fine teadust-glazed bottle vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 13 1/4  in., 33.6 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 100,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the compressed globular body rising from a splayed foot to a tall cylindrical neck, applied overall with a mottled olive-green glaze flecked with a fine golden-yellow mist, the foot ring dressed in a dark wash, the base incised with a six-character seal mark reserved in a square beneath a brown glaze, Wood... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

A blue-glazed square-form vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 21. A blue-glazed square-form vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 11 3/8  in., 28.9 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Unsold. Photo: Sotheby's. robustly potted, of archaic cong form supported on a straight foot and surmounted by a short circular neck, the rectangular body molded on opposite sides with elephant-head handles suspending fixed rings, covered overall in a rich blue glaze thinning to a pale tone around the edges, the base with a six-character seal mark... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2017

A blue-glazed anhua-decorated 'dragon' dish, Qing dynasty, early 18th century

Lot 20. A blue-glazed anhua-decorated 'dragon' dish, Qing dynasty, early 18th century. Diameter 8 1/2  in., 22.7 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot Sold 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a flared rim left white, incised to the interior with a central medallion enclosing three stylized ruyi clouds, the cavetto decorated in anhua with two dragons pacing amidst further ruyi clouds, covered overall in a blue glaze, the white... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

A flambe-glazed vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

Lot 15. A flambé-glazed vase, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 11 3 /8 in., 29cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Unsold. Photo: Sotheby's. the ovoid body with steep sides rising to broad angled shoulder, rounding at the elegantly waisted neck to an everted rim, set at the neck with two pierced scroll handles with extended terminals, covered overall in a streaked raspberry-red glaze running and pooling with streaks of lavender and violet, the interior applied with a light blue... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

'Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens' at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Portrait of King Jeongjo (1776-1800). Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art. CLEVELAND - Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens showcases a unique type of Korean still-life painting called chaekgeori (pronounced check-oh-ree), translated as “books and things.” They commonly feature scholarly objects, exotic luxuries, symbolic flowers, and gourmet delicacies. The exhibition showcases 9 unique type of Korean still-life painting. Chaekgeori 책거리 (pronounced... [Lire la suite]
28 août 2017

An exceptional rare and large famille rose vase, Qianlong six-character seal mark in iron red and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 748. An exceptional rare and large famille rose vase, Qianlong six-character seal mark in iron red and of the period (1736-1795), 27 ¾ in. (70.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 300,000 - USD 500,000. Price realised USD 372,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 The vase is decorated on the body with two large recessed panels, one containing a scene from the 14th century novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo Yanyi) with Liu Bei and other officials and attendants approaching a boy... [Lire la suite]