18 janvier 2022

Qing dynasty's kingfisher feathers hair ornaments sold at Nagel, 24 June 2021

Lot 649. A headdress with kingfisher feathers, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). H. 13,5, 19 x 18 cm. Sold: €4,000 (Est: €4,000 - €6,000). © 2021 Nagel Auctions. Phoenixes, peonies and other flowers. Silver, gilded, topped with kingfisher feathers, stone set with glass and jade, small mirrors.  Provenance: From an important German private collection, assembled between the 1980s and 1999. Note: Headdress with kingfisher feathers: "Four Centuries of Silver : Personal Adornment in the Qing Dynasty... [Lire la suite]
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12 janvier 2022

Three parcel-gilt silver vessels, Liao dynasty (907-1125) at Sotheby's HK 3 December 2021

Lot 821. A rare parcel-gilt silver repoussé 'makara' ewer, Liao dynasty (907-1125); h. 18.8 cm. Lot sold: 214,200 HKD (Estimate: 80,000 - 100,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 31st May 2017, lot 3144 (offered). Lot 822. A rare parcel-gilt silver repoussé cup and cup stand, Liao dynasty (907-1125); cup: d. 6.9 cm, cup stand: d. 14.5 cm. Lot sold: 107,100 HKD (Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 Provenance: Christie's... [Lire la suite]
31 décembre 2021

An engraved silver tea caddy and cover, Late Tang dynasty (618-907)

  Lot 5009. An engraved silver tea caddy and cover, Late Tang dynasty (618-907); 6.8 cm. Lot sold: 119,700 HKD (Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 the base inscribed with an inscription reading Xuan Hui jiufang Yu zi hao. Provenance: Antique Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. An American private collection. Note: Compare a silver bowl engraved with a similar mark, excavated from Beiyin village in Liulin city, Yaozhou district, Shaanxi in 1985, which is now... [Lire la suite]
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31 décembre 2021

A silver 'goose' tea spoon, Tang dynasty (618-907)

  Lot 5008. A silver 'goose' tea spoon, Tang dynasty (618-907); 28.3 cm. Lot sold: 60,480 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2021 Provenance: Ben Janssens, London, 2015..  Note: Tea spoons were originally used as utensils to measure and transfer powdered-form tea from the tea brazier to a tea bowl. During the early period of diancha (tea whisking) culture, the tea spoon gradually became a utensil to whisk foam on tea. Cai Xiang’s Cha Lu (The Record... [Lire la suite]
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10 décembre 2021

A gilt-silver comb, Tang dynasty

Lot 802. A gilt-silver comb, Tang dynasty (618-907); l. 13.9 cm. Lot sold: 52,920 HKD (Estimate: 30,000-50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's. Provenance: J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 1998. Collection of Julius Eberhardt(1936-2012). Nagel Stuttgart, 2nd November 2013, lot 3074. Literature: Regina Krahl, Collection Julius Eberhardt: Early Chinese Art, vol. 1, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 236f. Note: Three related combs in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, are illustrated in Ancient Chinese Arts in... [Lire la suite]
20 novembre 2021

A rare set of four large rectangular wallpaper 'Canton landscape' panels, Early 18th century

Lot 339. A rare set of four large rectangular wallpaper 'Canton landscape' panels, Early 18th century; The largest 240cm (94 1/2in) long x 85cm (33 1/2in) wide. Sold for £ 22,750 (€ 27,106) (Est: £1,500 - £2,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 Each depicting a riverside scene dotted with elegant pavilions interspersed amidst pine and sage trees, and backed by mountainous range, finely detailed with various scenes featuring fishermen on sampans, official gatherings and boys engaging in leisurely pursuits,... [Lire la suite]

16 novembre 2021

A suit of ceremonial armour Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 327. A suit of ceremonial armour Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Length 37 cm, 14½ in. Lot sold: 113,400 GBP (Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 GBP). (C) 2021 Sotheby's comprising a brass-studded navy jacket and apron with associated detachable panels and gilt metal mounts, the armour made of cotton-padded satin lined with blue silk, embroidered with dragon roundels in gold thread. Provenance: Acquired in 1997. Literature: John E.Vollmer, Silk for Thrones and Altars,... [Lire la suite]
01 novembre 2021

Christie’s Hong Kong Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Presents Masterpieces from Important Private Collections

An exceedingly rare Cloisonné Enamel Box and Cover, Ming Dynasty, Jingtai Period (1450-1456). Estimate on request. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021 HONG KONG - Christie’s Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Autumn Auctions in Hong Kong will take place on 3 December 2021. This season features two themed auctions: Song Ceramics from The Songde Tang Collection, as well as the highly anticipated Archaic Jades from the Chang Wei-Hwa Collection Part III, and Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, which will showcase... [Lire la suite]
23 octobre 2021

A gold stem cup, Tang Dynasty or later

Lot 7. A gold foliate stem cup, Tang Dynasty or later; 4.5cm (1 3/4in) high. Sold for HK$177,500 (Estimate HKD140,000 - 180,000/US$18,000 - 23,000). © Bonhams 2001-2021 With shallow lobbed sides rising from a tall spreading stem foot with a raised ring to a flared rim, the sides fully decorated with grape leaves by cloisons, inlaid stones to the leaves missing, the interior of the cup decorated with a makara in repoussé, box.    Note: Gold stem cups with cloisons might be influenced by... [Lire la suite]
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16 octobre 2021

Culturally significant objects far exceed estimates in Freeman's Asian Arts sale

PHILLADELPHIA, PA.- Ben Farina, Head of Asian Arts at Freeman’s expressed delight about his curated Asian Arts auction held on 14 October. Farina commented “We had a number of wonderful pieces from various regional collections, and we’ve greatly enjoyed working with the consignors to bring this material to auction.”The 256-lot sale witnessed competitive bidding between international buyers which pushed sale prices far higher than their pre-sale estimates. On the heels of remarkable sales earlier in the year—including... [Lire la suite]