05 mars 2019

A rare sancai-glazed pottery figure of a spotted bull, Tang dynasty (618-906)

Lot 113. A rare sancai-glazed pottery figure of a spotted bull, Tang dynasty (618-906). Length 8 in., 20.3 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot Sold 21,250 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. well modeled standing four square, the pointed ears alert and tail to one side, the dewlap hanging low and the neck with incised folds of skin, the pinkish buff body covered with a straw-colored glaze, intermittently applied with dapples of glassy sky blue against larger splashes of dark amber glaze that pool... [Lire la suite]

05 mars 2019

A painted gray pottery figure of a mythical beast, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)

Lot 110. A painted gray pottery figure of a mythical beast, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). Width 16 1/4  in., 41.8 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot Sold 32,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the beast modeled standing four square, with head lowered and muscular haunches bracing as if about to charge, the crown and neck with three imposing pointed horns, a row of four studs along the spine, continuing to a long tail curled back, the right hind leg with a large grooved spiral, with... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2019

A gilt-bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva, Sui-Tang dynasty (581-907)

Lot 129. A gilt-bronze figure of a seated Bodhisattva, Sui-Tang dynasty (581-907). Height 6 in., 15 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the deity seated with a single leg crossed over a pendent leg, one hand raised up, the other resting on the knee, the dhoti and shawl draped over the shoulder and falling in natural folds around the contours of the body, adorned with an elaborate necklace and jeweled earrings, the face bearing a contemplative expression, the round face framed by... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2019

An exceptionally rare yellow and russet jade figure of a mythical toad, Six Dynasties (220-589)

Lot 106. An exceptionally rare yellow and russet jade figure of a mythical toad, Six Dynasties (220-589); Height 1 7/8  in., 4.7 cm. Estimate 200,000 - 300,000 USD. Lot Sold 620,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. masterfully carved in the round, the mythical creature kneeling, its fingers clasped at the chest above the rounded belly, the face with a snout nose framed by bulging eyes beneath heavy lids, all above the wide lipped mouth open in a grimace and with long whiskers on... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2019

An extremely rare gilt-bronze figure of a phoenix, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)

Lot 122. An extremely rare gilt-bronze figure of a phoenix, Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). Length 5 1/4  in., 13.4 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot Sold 162,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. solidly cast, the mythical bird cast standing with its wings folded back against its body and its tail fanned out behind it in five broad plumes, the head held high and clasping a 'pearl' in its open beak, the face with bulging eyes beneath a crested crown, the sturdy legs terminating in large upturned talons,... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2019

A superb 'Kinuta' Longquan celadon washer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 1742. A superb 'Kinuta' Longquan celadon washer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 400,000 - USD 600,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The washer is finely potted with an angular profile rising from the short foot to a slightly everted rim, and is covered overall with an unctuous glaze of even bluish-green tone with the exception of the foot ring that is fired orange. Note: The ethereal sky-blue color and extraordinarily tactile, almost silken,... [Lire la suite]

05 mars 2019

A rare large Longquan celadon cong-form vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 1741. A rare large Longquan celadon cong-form vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 15 ¼ in. (38.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 400,000 - USD 600,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Finely potted in imitation of a Neolithic jade cong, the vase has a rectangular body of square section with a cylindrical foot and short neck, and is covered overall with a glaze of rich sea-green color stopping just short of the foot rim to expose the light grey stoneware body. Provenance: Dr. T. T. Tsui... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2019

A large and impressive zitan luohan bed, luohanchuang, 17th-18th century with modifications

Lot 1668. A large and impressive zitan luohan bed, luohanchuang, 17th-18th century with modifications; 41 in. (104 cm.) high, 86 ¾ in. (220.3 cm.) wide, 57 ¾ in. (146.7 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 400,000 - USD 600,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The hard mat seat is set into the rectangular frame above the narrow waist and plain, beaded aprons crisply carved with chilong confronted on a central medallion enclosing stylized mythical beasts, the side aprons further carved... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2019

A magnificent and very rare huanghuali painting table, jiatousun hua'an, 17th century

  Lot 1665. A magnificent and very rare huanghuali painting table, jiatousun hua'an, 17th century; 32 in. (81.3 cm.) high, 85 in. (215.9 cm.) wide, 24 in. (60.9 cm.) deep. Estimate USD 800,000 - USD 1,200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019  The single, floating panel is set in the rectangular frame fitted flush at both narrow ends with short, everted ends, above the beaded apron and beaded, shaped spandrels carved in openwork with ruyi heads. The whole is raised on... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2019

One of the best Delftware collections of the past decades at TEFAF Maastricht

AMSTERDAM.- At the upcoming edition of TEFAF Maastricht, Amsterdam based dealer Aronson Antiquairs will bring to market one of the best Delftware collections of the past decades. The collection, which was in a large part assembled by private Dutch collectors over a period of approximately thirty years, comprises many highlights. Although it has its center of gravity in the eighteenth century, it also contains several wonderful early objects.  “What we can bring to an art fair like TEFAF, really depends on what... [Lire la suite]