08 novembre 2017

A White Jade Dragon and Phoenix Vase and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-1795)

Lot 27. A White Jade Dragon and Phoenix Vase and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-1795). Estimate £80,000–120,000. Lot sold £273,000. Photo Sotheby's. the flattened baluster body delicately carved in relief to the front face with a round panel enclosing a ferocious scaly dragon writhing amongst scrollwork, the reverse with a similar panel enclosing a phoenix, the waisted neck framed with elaborate phoenix-head handles supporting rings, with a thin archaic band and key-fret below the rim, and... [Lire la suite]

08 novembre 2017

Dagger with Scabbard, Indian, Mughal, 1605–27

Dagger with Scabbard, Indian, Mughal, 1605–27. Steel, iron, gold, rubies, emeralds, glass, wood, textile. L. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm); L. without scabbard 13 15/16 in. (35.4 cm); L. of grip 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm); L. of blade 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm); W. of grip 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); L. of scabbard 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm). Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1984, 1984.332 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The hilt of the dagger is... [Lire la suite]
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08 novembre 2017

Short Sword (Yatagan) from the Court of Süleyman the Magnificent (reigned 1520–66), Istanbul, ca. 1525–30

Short Sword (Yatagan) from the Court of Süleyman the Magnificent (reigned 1520–66), Workshop of Ahmed Tekelü (possibly Iranian, active Istanbul, ca. 1520–30), Istanbul, ca. 1525–30. Steel, gold, ivory (walrus), silver, turquoise, pearls, rubies. L. 23 3/8 in. (59.3 cm); L. of blade 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 8 oz. (691 g). Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993, 1993.14 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Exquisite workmanship and lavish use of precious... [Lire la suite]
08 novembre 2017

The Crown of Kerch and Other Treasures at Neues Museum

The "Crown of Kerch", tiara set with red garnet inserts, late 4th / 1st half of the 5th century AD, © Roman-Germanic Museum / Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, photo: Anja Wegner. BERLIN - The exhibition titled “The Crown of Kerch. Treasures from the Dawn of European History” is currently on view at Neues Museum, Berlin. The show features gold jewelry dating back to the migration period found near the Black Sea. The exhibition comprises of silver brooches, ornaments crafted in the shape of animals and mythical creatures, and... [Lire la suite]
08 novembre 2017

A finely cast gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 17th century

Lot 18. A finely cast gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 17th century. Estimate GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000. Price realised GBP 87,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Guanyin is cast seated in padmasana, and holds a willow stem in the raised right hand and a cup in the left hand. Thebodhisattva is decorated with ornate jewellery and wears layered robes with crisply chased floral borders on a stamped ground. The crown has five openwork points and is centred by a seated figure of... [Lire la suite]
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08 novembre 2017

A small lemon-yellow-glazed dish, Yongzheng six-character mark in underglaze-blue within a double-square and of the period

Lot 78. A small lemon-yellow-glazed dish, Yongzheng six-character mark in underglaze-blue within a double-square and of the period (1723-1735). 3 ½ in. (8.9 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000. Price realised GBP 93,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. This dish is finely potted with shallow rounded sides on a wide low tapered foot. The interior and exterior are covered overall in a rich lemon-yellow glaze.  Provenance: From a private collection in the UK. A pair of Yongzheng period... [Lire la suite]

08 novembre 2017

A coral, kingfisher feather and pearl-inset gilt metal torque, lingyue, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 57. A coral, kingfisher feather and pearl-inset gilt metal torque, lingyue, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000. Price realised GBP 93,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Its body is divided into six sections inset with coral divided by kingfisher feather and hardstone mounts, the terminals confronting spheres forming hinges attaching to the two pivoting front sections, the reverse chased with alternating panels enclosing flowers and butterflies and the Buddhist endless knot.... [Lire la suite]
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08 novembre 2017

A tiger-maple four-poster canopy bed,jiazichuang, 18th century

Lot 190. A tiger-maple four-poster canopy bed, jiazichuang, 18th century. 90¼ in. (229.9 cm.) high, 80 in. (223.3 cm.) wide, 55½ in. (141 cm.) deep. Estimate GBP 100,000 - GBP 150,000. Price realised GBP 100,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The longyan wood bed is characteristic of Fujian manufacture and is of lofty and generous proportion. The soft mat sleeping platform is enclosed by a rectangular frame and narrow waist above square-section legs joined by a beaded apron... [Lire la suite]
08 novembre 2017

A blue-ground yellow-enamelled 'Dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 84. A blue-ground yellow-enamelled 'Dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795). 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000. Price realised GBP 100,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The dish is decorated to the interior with a five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl, leaping amongst ruyi-head clouds and flames. The shallow, rounded sides rise to a slightly everted rim and are painted with two similar dragons in... [Lire la suite]
08 novembre 2017

A white jade archaistic phoenix vase and cover, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 29. A white jade archaistic phoenix vase and cover, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Estimate GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000. Price realised GBP 100,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. The vessel is carved and pierced as a phoenix with its wings closed with upswept tips, its tail is finely modelled with long feathers curling outwards. The bird carries an openwork floral branch in its beak and supports an archaistic wine vessel,guang, on its back. The vessel is finely incised with c-scrolls and upright... [Lire la suite]