02 mars 2019

A Ming-style blue and white globular bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 821. A Ming-style blue and white globular bottle vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 14 1/2 in., 36.8 cm. Estimate 20,000 - 30,000 USD. Lot sold 78,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the globular body molded with double filets and further single filets at the stepped shoulder just below the tall waisted neck, finely painted overall with a major band of composite flower scroll above a skirt of upright lappets and classic scrolls at the flared foot, below further composite scrolls and... [Lire la suite]

02 mars 2019

A large 'pine forest' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century

Lot 380. A large 'pine forest' rhinoceros horn libation cup, late Ming-early Qing dynasty, 17th Century; 6 5/8 in., 16.8 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 USD. Lot sold 72,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the heavy and large truncated tapering horn carved with pines, paulownia and flowering trees scattered across mountain cliffs and high rocks, unusually empty of people and pavilions recalling a desolate mountain retreat, with a flowing stream depicted by unusual shallow-incised detached wavelets, the... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

A 'four-dragon' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Lot 369. A 'four-dragon' rhinoceros horn libation cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722); 5 in., 12.7 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 USD. Lot sold 72,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. finely carved with flaring barbed foliate sides rising from a tall conforming foot forming a shallow cup, carved on the exterior in low relief with a central band of scrolling lotus, the handle formed by four high-relief intertwining qilong, two peeking their heads over the rim of the cup to... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

An outstanding and fine pair of 'blanc-de-chine' Dehua large Buddhist Lions, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th Century

Lot 771. An outstanding and fine pair of 'blanc-de-chine' Dehua large Buddhist Lions, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th Century; 15 1/4 in., 38.5 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 50,000 USD. Lot sold 84,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. each superbly modelled seated in opposing poses with their large heads turned at different angles, the male looking to its left with fierce stare, the bulging eyes slightly shaded beneath bushy curled eyebrows, the left foreleg raised upon a large reticulated 'brocade' ball set with... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

A fine 'Yaozhou' five-lobed bowl, Five Dynasties-Northern Song Dynasty (907-1126)

Lot 391. A fine 'Yaozhou' five-lobed bowl, Five Dynasties-Northern Song Dynasty (907-1126); 6 in., 15.2 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USD. Lot sold 72,000  USD. Photo: Sotheby's. finely potted of conical form with the deeply rounded petals radiating out from a circular center, each rim delinated by a sharp notch at the rim and a raised edge separating the lobes, covered overall in an even pale celadon-green glaze stopping neatly before the knife-pared foot revealing the buff colored body. ... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

A finely carved white jade beaker vase group, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 649. A finely carved white jade beaker vase group, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 7 1/4 in., 18.4 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 USD. Lot sold 96,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the flattened lobed gu beaker of quatrefoil section, the central bulb carved with taotie masks between keyfret blades at the lobed pedestal foot and trumpet neck, set upon pierced rockwork bearing flower sprays, with a pair of attendant laughing boys bearing a dog and a bird, and swirling... [Lire la suite]

02 mars 2019

A white jade pierced disc with boxwood 'elephant' stand, Qing dynasty, 18th Century

Lot 627. A white jade pierced disc with boxwood 'elephant' stand, Qing dynasty, 18th Century; Disc 3 5/8 in., 9.2 cm; Qilin 3 1/2 in., 8.6 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 98,400 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. the flat disc reticulated in the center with radiating entwined loops forming an openwork floret, carved in low relief with the 'Eight Trigrams' on one side, and the other with the 'Ten Celestial Stems' (tian gan) within linked ruyi heads, with a finely carved boxwood male... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

A magnificent large white marble lion, Northern Qi dynasty (550-577)

Lot 132. A magnificent large white marble lion, Northern Qi dynasty (550-577). Height 40 3/4  in., 103.6 cm.  Estimate: 400,000 — 600,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. stately modeled, the mighty beast carved seated on its haunches with forelegs outstretched and powerful paws firmly planted, its head held up and facing forward, shown with a fierce expression, the mouth open in a roar below large rounded eyes and thick bushy brows, all... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

A large and rare white marble carving of a bodhisattva, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 120. A large and rare white marble carving of a bodhisattva, Tang dynasty (618-907); 94 cm high. Estimate: 600,000-800,000 USD. Lot Sold 740,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. beautifully carved in the round, standing in contrapposto with a basket held in the proper right hand, the body lavishly adorned with beaded necklaces in scalloped tiers and jeweled pendants, an elaborate multi-strand necklace harness crossed over the sensual, rounded belly and looped to either side, pendent over... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2019

Koller Zurich announces highlights from its March auctions

Lot 3209. Arnold Böcklin (Basel 1827 – 1901 San Domenico bei Fiesole), The battle on the bridge. 1889. Oil on panel. Signed and dated lower left: A. Böcklin pint 1889. 96 x 149.5 cm. Estimate CHF 250 000 / 350 000 (€ 219 300 / 307 020). Courtesy Koller Zurich  ZURICH.- An impressive work by Arnold Böcklin, “„Der Kampf auf der Brücke“ (“The Battle on the Bridge”), will be offered in the auction of 19th Century Paintings on 29 March at Koller Zurich. Inspired by Rubens’ “Battle of the Amazons”, this... [Lire la suite]