30 août 2019

A painted wood figure of a seated monk, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 850. A painted wood figure of a seated monk, Song dynasty (960-1279); 9 ¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. Possibly representing the Tang dynasty monk, Sizhou Dasheng (the Grand Saint of Sizhou), the figure is shown seated in contemplation wearing a monastic, hooded robe that drapes gracefully over the edges of the pedestal seat, with traces of original pigment remaining. Property from the Collection of Julia and John Curtis. Provenance: J. J. Lally... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2019

Song dynasty Ceramics from a Japanese Private Collection at Sotheby's New York, 11 September 2019

Lot 505. A brown-splashed black-glazed vase (meiping), Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). Height 19 1/2  in., 49.6 cm. Estimate USD 60,000 — 80,000. Lot Sold 75,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the ovoid baluster body rising from a countersunk base to a broad sloping shoulder surmounted by a tall flaring neck and everted mouth rim, applied overall with a glossy brownish-black glaze liberally flecked with small irregular russet 'partridge-feather' mottles concentrated at... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2019

Exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich presents Henri Matisse as sculptor

Edward Steichen, Henri Matisse travaillant à "La Serpentine", 1913 © ADAGP, Paris. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot. ZURICH.- From 30 August to 8 December 2019 the Kunsthaus Zürich presents Henri Matisse as sculptor, in an exhibition that brings bronzes in various states together with the sources of his inspiration, including nude photographs and African sculptures. The art education programme is designed to appeal equally to newcomers with an interest in art, specialists and... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2019

Tang dynasty Ceramics from a Japanese Private Collection at Sotheby's New York, 11 September 2019

Lot 526. A rare and large straw-glazed pottery amphora, Early Tang dynasty (618-907). Height 19 1/2  in., 49.6 cm. Estimate USD 40,000 — 60,000. Lot Sold 50,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. elegantly potted, the slightly splayed foot swelling to high, rounded shoulders surmounted by a tall waisted neck molded with four raised rings and an everted galleried rim applied on each side with a molded florette, further florettes applied to the shoulder, surmounted by two curved... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2019

A rare and large 'Yue' chicken-head ewer, Southern Dynasties (420-589)

Lot 524. A rare and large 'Yue' chicken-head ewer, Southern Dynasties (420-589). Height 17 3/8  in., 44.2 cm. Estimate USD 30,000 — 50,000. Lot Sold 43,750 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. the tall ovoid body rising from a flat foot and surmounted by a tall tapering neck rising to an everted galleried mouth, the body encircled by double ribs and applied with two small double lug handles centering a mock spout modeled as a chicken's head, set with a slender arched strap handle with a dragon head... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2019

A rare gold overlay silvered bronze mirror, 9th-13th century

Lot 838. A rare gold overlay silvered bronze mirror, 9th-13th century; 8 1/8in (20.8cm) diameter, 1.190 kilograms. Estimate US$ 12,000 - 15,000. © Bonhams. Cast in high relief against a ring-punched ground with a domed knob rising from an open lotus flower head surrounded by two phoenixes flying head to tail, a flowering branch held in each beak and other blossoms issuing out of their curling tail feathers, the relief finished in gilt to contrast with the silver finish on the wide... [Lire la suite]

30 août 2019

A chased and cast silver cup with gilt highlights, 10th-12th century

Lot 837. A chased and cast silver cup with gilt highlights, 10th-12th century; 2 3/8in (6cm) diameter, 1 7/16in (3.6cm) high, 48 grams. Estimate US$ 5,000 - 7,000 (€ 4,500 - 6,300). © Bonhams. Of inverted bell form raised on a low foot and flat base, the interior rim chased with a narrow band of overlapping petals or waves and the exterior walls engraved with a wider band of two garden rocks that separate peony branches in bloom against a minutely ring-punched ground, the surfaces showing... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2019

A rare gilt silver head ornament in the form of a phoenix, 9th-11th century

  Lot 836. A rare gilt silver head ornament in the form of a phoenix, 9th-11th century; 3in (7.6cm) high. Estimate US$ 5,000 - 7,000 (€ 4,500 - 6,300). © Bonhams. The finely modeled crested bird with chased hollow body set off by a high crested tail and separately fashioned openwork wings attached through the body and pierced with two small holes at each tip suspending pendant chains, a further cluster of ornaments and chains falling from the slender beak, the small legs inserted through a bed of... [Lire la suite]
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30 août 2019

A gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya Bodhisattva, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

  Lot 851. A gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya Bodhisattva, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 7 5/8in (19.5cm) high. Estimate US$ 50,000 - 70,000 (€ 45,000 - 63,000). © Bonhams. Finely cast with a tall tiara decorated with jeweled florets and scrolling clouds flanking a central stupa and curling backwards over the tall topknot, the sides of the tiara tied with knotted streamers hanging from the sides, framing a full round face set with heavily-lidded downcast eyes and pouty lips, dressed in loose flowing robes... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2019

A gilt copper alloy funerary mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Lot 839. A gilt copper alloy funerary mask, Liao dynasty (907-1125); 7 1/4in (18.4cm) high; 8 1/8in (20.7cm) wide. Estimate US$ 5,000 - 7,000 (€ 4,500 - 6,300). © Bonhams. Hammered from a thin copper, tin and silver alloy sheet and realistically modeled with thin, sunken eyes, wide brows setting off a long triangular nose and small mouth accenting the broad cheeks and long crescent ears, the surface covered with earthen encrustation.  Provenance: Sloan's, September 1998, lot 620. On loan and... [Lire la suite]
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