01 octobre 2018

A fine large relief-decorated 'Bat and Shou' bottle vase, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 3639. A fine large relief-decorated 'Bat and Shou' bottle vase, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 39.2 cm, 15 3/8  in. Estimate 800,000 — 1,200,000 HKD (101,912 - 152,868 USD). Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. the pear-shaped body rising from a straight foot to a tall cylindrical neck, finely moulded to the exterior with four stylised shou character medallions, each encircled by five archaistic kui dragons, interspersed with flying bats in... [Lire la suite]

01 octobre 2018

A large Guan-type vase, seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 3638. A large Guan-type vase, seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 31.5 cm, 12 1/2 in. Estimate 1,000,000 — 1,500,000 HKD (127,390 - 191,085 USD). Lot Sold 1,250,000 HKD (159,450 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. of archaistic hu form, the pear-shaped body supported on a short spreading foot and rising to a tall neck flanked by a pair of tubular handles below the everted rim, covered overall with a rich bluish-grey glaze suffused with a matrix of gold and... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2018

An imperial gilt-bronze hilted knife and white jade scabbard, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3631. An imperial gilt-bronze hilted knife and white jade scabbard, Qing dynasty, 18th century; overall 35 cm, 13 3/4  in. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD (76,434 - 101,912 USD). Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. the slender sharp blade fitted with a gilt-bronze hilt skilfully cast with a thin key-fret band below dense lotus scrolls and terminating with a jade pommel incised with a further key-fret band, the white jade scabbard finely worked in low relief with... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2018

A fine and rare famille-rose 'Dragon' brush, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

L0t 3616. A fine and rare famille-rose 'Dragon' brush, seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); handle 17.1 cm, 6 3/4 in. Estimate 1,200,000 — 1,800,000 HKD (152,868 - 229,302 USD). Lot Sold 2,125,000 HKD (271,065 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the bulbous body with a long cylindrical handle surmounted with a globular finial, brightly painted with a ferocious iron-red dragon, his facial features, scales and flowing mane picked out in gilding, the beast writhing amidst... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2018

An underglaze-blue and puce-enamelled 'Dragon' brush, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 3660. An underglaze-blue and puce-enamelled 'Dragon' brush, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); handle 16.8 cm, 6 5/8  in. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD (25,478 - 38,217 USD). Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby's. the bulbous body with a long cylindrical handle surmounted with a globular finial, brightly enamelled in puce with two ferocious five-clawed dragons and flying bats, the mythical creatures each with a scaly body terminating in muscular legs and sharp claws,... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2018

A highly important blue and white Iznik pottery charger, Turkey, circa 1480

Lot 134. A highly important blue and white Iznik pottery charger, Turkey, circa 1480; 44.5cm. diam., 8.3cm. depth. Estimate £300,000 - £500,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. of large, deep, rounded form, with an everted flat rim, the interior decorated in reserve within a central roundel against a blue-black ground with an intricate arabesque of interlacing split-palmette ‘rumi’ motifs in two shades of blue and white emanating from a small central rosette, the cavetto displaying a thick band of... [Lire la suite]

01 octobre 2018

An exceptional white jade 'Catfish' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 3304. An exceptional white jade 'Catfish' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 36.8 cm, 14 1/2  in. Estimate: 2,000,000 — 3,000,000 HKD (254,820 - 382,230 USD). Lot sold 3,000,000 HKD (382,680 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. superbly worked with an elongated slender curved shaft leading up to an oval terminal, the terminal depicted in low relief with a ruyi-shaped border enclosing a pair of catfish flanking a central peony bloom, the end of the shaft further... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2018

A spinach-green jade archaistic ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 137. A spinach-green jade archaistic ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 45.3 cm, 17 7/8  in. Estimate: 400,000 — 600,000 HKD (50,960 - 76,440 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the long arched shaft carved in low relief with a pair of addorsed archaistic birds framed above and below by stylised C and S-scrolls, ruyi heads, pommel, ropetwist motif, animal masks and square scrolls, terminating in a ruyi head similarly decorated with archaistic scrolls, the... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2018

A superb and finely carved white jade 'Longevity' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, late 18th century – 19th century

Lot 104. A superb and finely carved white jade 'Longevity' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, late 18th century – 19th century; 47 cm, 18 1/2  in. Estimate: 1,800,000 — 2,500,000 HKD (229,320 - 318,500 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the large ruyi-shaped terminal worked in relief with two succulent peaches borne on curved stems issuing leaves around the sides, framed above and below by a pair of flying bats, their wings outstretched embracing the large fruits, the reverse... [Lire la suite]
01 octobre 2018

A Rare Large Imperial Moulded Gourd Bowl, Shangwan Mark and Period of Qianlong (1735-1796)

Lot 3609. A Rare Large Imperial Moulded Gourd Bowl, Shangwan Mark and Period of Qianlong (1735-1796); 17.7 cm, 7 in. Estimate: 900,000 — 1,200,000 HKD (114,651 - 152,868 USD). Lot Sold 1,250,000 HKD (159,450 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's. the deep rounded sides skilfully moulded on the exterior with a repeated pattern of four butterflies, the wings made up of a pair of arched kui dragons, interspersed by pairs of peony sprays, all set between key-fret bands at the mouth... [Lire la suite]