19 juin 2019

Rare 18th-century Thai Buddhist manuscripts and Books go on display following restoration

Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipikata) and Qualities of the Buddha (Mahabuddhagana), late-18th century, Thailand, CBL Thi 1341 © The Chester Beatty DUBLIN.- The Chester Beatty has opened an exhibition of Thai Buddhist manuscripts dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. The world-renowned collection of beautifully illustrated books provides a rare opportunity to explore the Buddhist tales depicted within. Presented as colourful illustrations alongside sacred texts, some of the most popular Buddhist... [Lire la suite]
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18 juin 2019

‘Diamond' a personal sword of the Emperor Aurangzeb with gold-damascened tulwar hilt

Lot 382. ‘Diamond' a personal sword of the Emperor Aurangzeb with gold-damascened tulwar hilt, the blade Europe, circa 1600, the inscription and mounts, India second quarter 17th century; 35 ins. (89 cm.) long. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The watered-steel blade stamped with a royal inscription and inlaid in gold with further inscriptions on the spine and the royal parasol (chhattri) on the blade. Note: The first word, which translates as ‘Diamond’ or ‘The Hardest’,... [Lire la suite]
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18 juin 2019

A gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), North India, 1620-1640

  Lot 261. A gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), North India, 1620-1640; 14 7/8 ins. (27.8 cm.) long; scabbard 11 ins. (28 cm.) long. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The hilt with split pommel and set with rubies and emeralds decorated with two birds and floral sprays on each side, the tip of the hilt in a v-shape design also gem set, watered-steel blade, later associated wooden scabbard with gilt copper fittings. Provenance: Christie’s, London, 26 April 2012, lot 299.... [Lire la suite]
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18 juin 2019

A gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar) and scabbard, North India or Deccan, 1700-1750, scabbard, India or Iran, circa 1650

Lot 176. A gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar) and scabbard, North India or Deccan, 1700-1750, scabbard, India or Iran, circa 1650;13 5/8 ins. (34.8 cm.) long; scabbard 9 3/8 ins. (23.8 cm.) long. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Exhibited: Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p.122, no,93The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p.146, no.94The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p.170, no.98. Christie's. Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence, New York, 19 June 2019   ... [Lire la suite]
18 juin 2019

A personal sword of Shah Jahan with gold-damascened tulwar hilt

Lot 381. A personal sword of Shah Jahan with gold-damascened tulwar hilt, the blade Europe, circa 1600, the inscription and mounts, India, second quarter 17th century;33 ¾ ins. (85.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 250,000 - USD 350,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The watered-steel blade with gold-overlaid inscription and marked with the royal parasol (chhattri). Note: The phrase Sahib Qiran Thani was one used by Shah Jahan on selected items that were for his personal use. For a brief discussion... [Lire la suite]
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18 juin 2019

A gold gem-set hilted dagger (kinjal), Tanjore or Mysore, South India, 1790-1810

Lot 262. A gold gem-set hilted dagger (kinjal), Tanjore or Mysore, South India, 1790-1810; 13 3/8 ins. (34.1 cm.) long. Estimate USD 500,000 - USD 700,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 The hilt in the form of a yali, set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, steel blade. Literature: Jaffer 2013, p.191, no.65 Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2014, p.55Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p.172, no.131The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p.200, no.134The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p.223,... [Lire la suite]

18 juin 2019

A gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), North India or Deccan, circa 1675-1700

Lot 84. A gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), North India or Deccan, circa 1675-1700; 14 3/8 ins. (36.6 cm.) long. Estimate USD 700,000 - USD 1,200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Set with rubies, watered-steel blade, later cloth-covered wooden scabbard with original gem set jade locket. Exhibited: The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 35, no. 40Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p.120, no,91The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p.145, no,93The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p.169, no,97de Young Legion of... [Lire la suite]
18 juin 2019

A gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar) and scabbard, North India or Deccan, 1700-1725

Lot 175. A gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar) and scabbard, North India or Deccan, 1700-1725; 14 ins. (35.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 800,000 - USD 1,200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019 Set with rubies and emeralds, pierced watered-steel blade fitted with three channels containing free running seed pearls, the velvet-covered wooden scabbard with enamelled gold locket and chape. Literature: Hales 2013, p.31. Exhibited: Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p.114, no.90The Doge’s Palace,... [Lire la suite]
18 juin 2019

A set of famille verte and biscuit figures of the Eight Immortals, 19th century

Lot 82. A set of famille verte and biscuit figures of the Eight Immortals, 19th century. The largest 30cm high. Sold for £ 31,250 (€ 35,030). © Bonhams Depicting the eight Daoist Immortals, Li Tie Guai, Zhongli Quan, Lan Cai He, Zhang Guo Lao, He Xian Gu, Lü Dong Bin, Han Xiang Zi and Cao Guojiu, each holding their attribute, standing on rectangular pierced bases with diaper pattern, wearing robes with floral ornament. Provenance: Dr Leonard Gow and thence by descent. Exhibited: Glasgow Art Galleries and... [Lire la suite]
18 juin 2019

A large pair of famille verte yellow-ground jardinières, Guangxu period (1875-1908)

Lot 81. A large pair of famille verte yellow-ground jardinières, Guangxu period (1875-1908). Each 41.6cm (16 3/8in) diam. Sold for £ 8,125 (€ 9,107). © Bonhams Each enamelled on the exterior with two lobed cartouches, one containing a scene of an official in his study and the other with horsemen riding to battle, the cartouches alternating with two pomegranate-shaped cartouches containing opera scenes, all on a ground of green lotus meanders against yellow enamel, beneath a band of ruyi head enclosing lotus... [Lire la suite]