04 août 2018

An important Type IIa 27.94 carats heart-shaped diamond ring

Lot 2064. An important 27.94 carats Type IIa heart-shaped diamond ring. Estimate HK$20,000,000 – HK$30,000,000 ($2,591,406 – $3,887,109). Price realised HKD 25,880,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014 Set with a heart-shaped diamond weighing 27.94 carats, mounted in platinum, ring size 9½ Accompanied by report No. 2165307287 dated 2 july 2014 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the 27.94 carat diamond is D colour, VS1 clarity, with excellent polish, accompanied by a working diagram... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2018

A Stunning Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring, by Moussaieff

Lot 2103. A Stunning 2.09 carats heart-shaped fancy red diamond and diamond ring, by Moussaieff. Estimate HKD 28,000,000 - HKD 38,000,000 (US$3,500,000-4,800,000). Price realised HKD 39,320,000. © Christie’s Images Ltd 2014. Designed as a flowerhead, set with a heart-shaped fancy red diamond weighing approximately 2.09 carats, within a petal surround set with six pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 1.07 to 1.01 carats, accented by brilliant-cut diamonds, to the similarly-cut diamond... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2018

Extensive exhibition by Giuseppe Penone on view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Lightning-struck Tree (2012), Giuseppe Penone. Photo: © Jonty Wilde; courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. WAKEFIEL.- Yorkshire Sculpture Park is presenting an extensive exhibition by Giuseppe Penone that recognises a partnership between one of the most eminent artists working today and one of the world’s foremost sculpture parks, marking the culmination of a dialogue that has evolved since the artist’s first visit to YSP in 1989. Works drawn from five decades of Penone’s career, from the... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2018

Pen case, brass, engraved and inlaid with silver, Iraq, Mosul; 653 H = 1255-1256

Pen case, brass, engraved and inlaid with silver, Iraq, Mosul; 653 H = 1255-1256. H: 5.7; L: 36.3; W: 7.5 cm, Inv. no. 6/1997. © The David Collection.   In the first half of the 13th century, Mosul was the most famous center in the western Islamic world for the manufacture of brass objects inlaid with gold and silver. The city’s artists settled throughout the Middle East, where the nisba al-Mawsili (“from Mosul”) was a guarantee of quality.   The inscription in the lid gives us e.g. the following... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2018

Oil lamp, cast bronze, inlaid with silver, Jazira; 1st half of 13th century

Oil lamp, cast bronze, inlaid with silver, Jazira; 1st half of 13th century. H: 14.5; Diam at foot: 7.4 cm, Inv. no. 29/2003. © The David Collection.   The lamp’s “scarred” surface shows that it had been richly inlaid more or less all over. Remnants are the few Arabic letters on the neck; an inscription inlaid in silver originally rimmed the foot. The silver inlay was combined in a very unusual way with a more sculptural decoration: a handle in the form of a pouncing lion of the kind found on Iranian metalwork. It... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2018

Door knocker, cast and engraved bronze, Northern Iraq; 1st half of 13th century

Door knocker, cast and engraved bronze, Northern Iraq; 1st half of 13th century. H: 41.5; W: 25.5 cm, Inv. no. 2/1993. © The David Collection.   The central, very rich arabesque on this magnificent door knocker consists of characteristic palmettes with little curls. It lies on several levels and has different slants.   The ornamentation is closely related to the one found on a number of architectural decorations, woodcarvings, and metalwork from northern Iraq, for example on an astronomical table... [Lire la suite]

04 août 2018

Brass lid, engraved and inlaid with gold and silver, Jazira; beginning of 13th century

Brass lid, engraved and inlaid with gold and silver, Jazira; beginning of 13th century. Mål: 10.3 cm, Inv. no. 39/2008. © The David Collection.   It is rather unusual to find metalwork of this early period that still has its gold inlays. This finely inlaid lid probably belonged to a large ewer – used for washing the hands – with a long spout. Several ewers of this distinctive type with a similar flat lid have survived. Some of them have inscriptions stating that they were made in the period 1220-1260 in cities such... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2018

Mirror, cast bronze, Eastern Turkey; 600 or 660 H = 1204 or 1262

Mirror, cast bronze, Eastern Turkey; 600 or 660 H = 1204 or 1262. H at rim: 0.8; Diam: 24 cm, Inv. no. 4/1996. © The David Collection.   This might be the most famous mirror from the Islamic cultural sphere. It was published as early as 1811 as being in a French collection and was made for the last Artuqid ruler of the Khartpert line: Artuq Shah. It is difficult to interpret the date, which coincides with either Artuq Shah’s childhood or the period after he had been deposed by the Seljuks of Rum.   ... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2018

Door handle, cast and engraved bronze, Southeastern Turkey; beginning of 13th century

Door handle, cast and engraved bronze, Southeastern Turkey; beginning of 13th century. H: 27.5; W: 24.5 cm. Inv. no. 38/1973. © The David Collection. This door handle comes from the Ulu Jami, the main mosque in Cizre. Between the necks of the dragons there was originally a spike with a lion’s head, as seen on the door’s other handle, which is now in Istanbul. This piece has been newly restored and has a golden shine, while the door handle in the David Collection has retained its 800-year-old patina. The mechanical... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2018

Sphinx, cast bronze, Eastern Turkey; 12th-13th century

Sphinx, cast bronze, Eastern Turkey; 12th-13th century. H: 12; L: 10.8 cm, Inv. no. 5/1978. © The David Collection.   The little sphinx was probably a fountain figure from which water emerged in three jets: through the sphinx’s mouth and the mouths of the two dragon heads at the end of the sphinx’s wings.   Sphinxes (lions with human heads and also often wings) are mythological creatures whose history dates back to ancient times. They were among the most popular motifs in the Islamic Middle Ages,... [Lire la suite]
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