04 juin 2019

Tianminlou – A Small History of Chinese Ceramics

Unknown Delights from the Tianminlou CollectionRegina Krahl  The Tianminlou collection, assembled by Ko Shih Chao, better known as S.C. Ko (1911 – 1992), can be considered one of the most remarkable private assemblages of Chinese ceramics. It is most famous for porcelains from the Jingdezhen kilns of the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and its name does first of all evoke blue-and-white porcelain – a section that is particularly strong and representative. A fine selection of its... [Lire la suite]

04 juin 2019

Remarkable Roman marble hounds lead Bonhams Antiquities sale

Lot 151. Two Roman marble figures of Celtic hounds, Circa 2nd Century A.D.; 74.5 and 68cm high respectively. Estimate £ 200,000 - 300,000€ 230,000 - 340,000. Photo: Bonhams.  LONDON.- Two Roman marble figures of Celtic hounds found in the ruins of the villa of Emperor Antoninus Pius (ruled AD 138-161), which later formed part of the outstanding collection of the renowned and influential English aesthete Thomas Hope, lead Bonhams Antiquities sale in London on Wednesday 3 July. Offered at... [Lire la suite]
04 juin 2019

Egyptian head with features of Tutankhamen to be offered at Christie's

An Egyptian brown quartzite head of Tutankhamen as the God Amen. Estimate on request. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. LONDON.- An Egyptian brown quartzite head of Tutankhamen as the God Amen, its features reminiscent of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen, a device used to align the ruling King with deities, will lead The Exceptional Sale in London on 4th July. The head which has been well published and exhibited in the last 30 years, is expected to realise over £4million. This head was part of a statue of the God Amen, the most... [Lire la suite]
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04 juin 2019

A newly-discovered Lewis Chessman appears at auction

Probably Norwegian, Trondheim, A Lewis Chessman, A Warder, walrus ivory, 8.8cm., 3½in. Estimate £600,000-1,000,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. NEW YORK, NY.- Rightly regarded as the most famous chess pieces to have survived from the medieval world, the Lewis Chessmen secured their place in history when they were found in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The remarkable hoard constituted the greatest ever discovery of medieval chess pieces, and from the moment they were unearthed, the Lewis Chessmen evoked their own... [Lire la suite]