03 juillet 2018

A blue and white 'Peach and Bat' moonflask, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 2056. A blue and white 'peach and bat' moonflask, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 24.3 cm., 9 1/2 in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD (38,562 — 57,843 EUR). Lot Sold 500,000 HKD (48,203 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. the flattened circular body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall trumpet neck flanked by a pair of ruyi handles, moulded in low relief to either side with a peach-shaped panel painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with bats... [Lire la suite]

03 juillet 2018

A blue and white 'Dragon' washer, mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722)

Lot 2055. A blue and white 'Dragon' washer, mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 13.8 cm., 5 1/2 in. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 HKD (7,712 — 9,641 EUR). Lot Sold 475,000 HKD (45,793 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's with shallow slightly flared thickly potted sides rising from a low foot, the interior painted with a ferocious five-clawed dragon with a sinuous scaled body in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', the recessed well on the underside inscribed with a... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2018

An underglaze-red and blue cupstand, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 2054. An underglaze-red and blue cupstand, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 17 cm., 6 3/4 in. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD (14,461 — 19,281 EUR). Lot Sold 300,000 HKD (28,922 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's the deep round hollow bowl with an incurved rim, painted in underglaze red with a row of pendant pomegranates extending from a band of blue trefoils and key-fret around the mouth, collared by a broad flat dish painted with four sprays of fruiting blossoms,... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2018

A rare Ming-style blue and white moonflask, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 2053. A rare Ming-style blue and white moonflask, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 46 cm., 18 in. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD (96,406 — 144,609 EUR). Lot Sold 2,900,000 HKD (279,577 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. of flattened globular form set with a tall waisted neck flanked by a pair of dragon handles, painted to either side in vivid cobalt blue with undulating composite floral scrolls, between pendant trefoils and upright stylised lappets, all... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2018

A fine blue and white 'Three Friends' jarlet, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 2051. A fine blue and white 'Three Friends' jarlet, Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 5.2 cm., 2 in. Estimate 350,000 — 450,000 HD (33,742 — 43,383 EUR). Lot Sold 680,000 HKD (65,556 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. superbly potted with slightly curved sides supported on a recessed base, gently rising to a rounded shoulder, surmounted by a waisted neck below a small lipped mouth, finely painted on the exterior in brilliant shades of cobalt blue, with a stem of bamboo and intertwined... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2018

A rare blue and white 'five-clawed dragon' tazza, Qianlong seal mark in a line and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 288. A rare blue and white 'Five-clawed dragon' tazza, Qianlong seal mark in a line and of the period (1736-1795); 23.1cm (9 1/8in) diam. Sold for £ 7,500 (€ 8,460). Courtesy Bonhams. Modelled as a shallow dish with angular sides decorated with a band of undulating floral scrolls, raised on an elegantly flaring stem foot painted with a wrathful five-clawed dragon striding amidst billowing clouds in pursuit of the flaming pearl, on a ground of foaming and crashing waves and an emerging carp. Provenance: an... [Lire la suite]

03 juillet 2018

A blue and white 'Dragon' tazza, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 2048. A blue and white 'Dragon' tazza, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 22.5 cm., 8 7/8 in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HD (19,281 — 28,922 EUR). Lot Sold 275,000 HKD (26,512 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. the shallow circular dish modelled with a flat underside decorated with a stylised floral scroll, all supported on a tall dramatically splayed foot painted with a sinuous dragon in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' above crashing waves against rocks,... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2018

London's V&A Museum to stage 'reimagined' hit Dior expo

Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior. LONDON - The V&A announced that it will be staging the largest and most comprehensive Dior exhibition in UK history. The show – which is entitled 'Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams' – is also the biggest fashion exhibition to be put on by the museum since the hugely popular 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty'. The museum today revealed that the exhibit will span from 1947 to present day – and will trace the history and impact of the founder and the six... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2018

Johannes Vermeer's 'Woman in Blue Reading a Letter' visits Alte Pinakothek

Johannes Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1663, oil on canvas, 46.5 cm x 39 cm, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, on loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest) © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. MUNICH.- To mark the reopening of all galleries and the collection display in the Alte Pinakothek, the public has the unique opportunity to see in Munich the famous ‘Woman in Blue Reading a Letter’ by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675). The canvas will be on show for the limited period of 03 July to 30 September... [Lire la suite]
03 juillet 2018

A copper-red 'dragon' vase, laibozun, mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722)

Lot 2049. A copper-red 'dragon' vase, laibozun, mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 21.5 cm., 8 1/2 in. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD (57,843 — 77,125 EUR). Lot Sold 1,460,000 HKD (140,752 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. of ovoid form with a short neck below a lipped mouthrim, the exterior freely painted with two dragons in vivid tones of copper-red, each with arms out-stretched, eyes picked out in blue and their scaly bodies leaping vigourously amid trailing flame swirls,... [Lire la suite]