24 juin 2017

A very rare agate lobed 'mallow' bowl, Song Dynasty or later; the silver mounts, possibly 16th-17th century

Lot 103. A very rare agate lobed 'mallow' bowl. The bowl Song Dynasty or later; the silver mounts possibly 16th-17th century. Estimate 200,000 - 300,000 HKD (US$26,000 - 39,000). Sold for HK$ 2,880,000 (€330,476).  Photo: Bonhams. Superbly carved as a mallow flowerhead with seven rounded petals rising from the circular foot, the translucent stone of golden-yellow and honey-brown tones, with natural striations of reddish-caramel banded ripples, the silver mount featuring a pair of... [Lire la suite]

16 juin 2017

Record prices for rare imperial Chinese artworks and Himalayan sculpture

Lot 185. A very important imperial bronze bell "Bozhong", China, Qianlong, dated 1761. With inscription by Emperor Qianlong. Estimate CHF 200,000 / 300,000 (€ 185 190/277 780). Sold for CHF 1 035 000 (hammer price). © Koller Zurich ZURICH.- The 13-14 June Asian Art auctions at Koller Zurich were enormously successful, with a string of top prices for Chinese & Himalayan art, particularly for three rare Chinese Imperial artworks from a private collection - which alone realized 2.64 million Swiss... [Lire la suite]
19 mai 2017

An ivory carving of standing Shoulao holding a staff, China, Ming dynasty

Lot 481. An ivory carving of standing Shoulao holding a staff, China, Ming dynasty, H. 31,5 cm. Estimate 12 000-18 000 €. Photo: Nagel Repairs. Property from a French private collection, acquired at Christie's London, May 2012, lot 254.  Nagel. Asiatische Kunst. Sale 100, 16.06.2017
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17 mai 2017

Two Chinese Works of Art Auctions To Take Place on 1 – 2 June at Sotheby’s Hong Kong

  Hong Kong - Sotheby’s Hong Kong June series of Chinese Works of Art sales will take place on 1 and 2 June at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. The highlight of the Chinese Art sale is a set of two Imperial Qing dynasty jade seals from the collection of Emile Guimet (1836–1918), the founder of the eponymous Asian Art Museum in Paris. Also featured is a collection of archaic jades assembled in Hong Kong from the 1950s, Yixing stoneware from a prominent English collection, and a selection of Song ceramics with early Buddhist... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2017

Lark Mason Associates achieves over $1.65 million for Asian works of art

Large Chinese Huanghuali Recessed Leg Table, 17th-18th Century. Estimate $150000-250000. Lot sold $ 876,248.75. Photo: Lark Mason Associates. NEW BRAUNFELS, TX.- Lark Mason Associates’ online auction of Asian Works of Art concluded on April 18th with an impressive result totaling over $1,650,000 for 66 lots selling out of 84 offered. The sale was previewed in their New Braunfels, Texas and New York City showrooms during Asia Week New York and was open for bidding in March and April on the... [Lire la suite]
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18 avril 2017

Ritual Basin Inlaid with Two Flying Phoenixes, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Ritual Basin Inlaid with Two Flying Phoenixes, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), gold, undated, mouth diameter: 43 cm, bottom diameter: 32.7 cm, height: 9 cm © The Palace Museum. Item used in the Qing court The basin is made of metal alloy which is eighty percent pure gold. The artists hammered and embossed twelve auspicious patterns along the rim, which include a pair of rhinoceros horns, auspicious vases, silver ingots, pomegranates, auspicious clouds, pearls, wheels of Dharma, double coins, double scrolls, canopies,... [Lire la suite]

18 avril 2017

Gilded Silver Inkstone Container with Enamel Inlays, Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Gilded Silver Inkstone Container with Enamel Inlays, Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911), gilded silver, length: 27.2 cm, width: 22.1 cm, height: 22.5 cm © The Palace Museum.  Made of silver, the rectangular container has a cover and eight feet in the form of heads of ruyi scepters. The bottom bears a six-character Qianlong reign mark in seal script (zhuan shu). Both the body and the cover are gilded with gold floral patterns and inlaid with blue enamel panels depicting two dragons... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

Ewer in Form of Tibetan Vase with Sanskrit Patterns (Yin zanhua fanwen pengba hu), Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty

Ewer in Form of Tibetan Vase with Sanskrit Patterns (Yin zanhua fanwen pengba hu), Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911), silver, overall height: 21.2cm, mouth diameter: 1.3 cm, bottom diameter: 9.8 cm © The Palace Museum.  The ewer is characterized by a small mouth, flat belly and a long spout which is connected to the body with a relief animal's head. Its cover and stand are shaped like lotus blossoms. The center of the belly is decorated with gilded Sanskrit seed characters. On the neck and... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

Gourd-shaped Ewer with Gold Floral Patterns, Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Gourd-shaped Ewer with Gold Floral Patterns, Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911), silver and gold, height: 48 cm, mouth diameter: 7.5 cm © The Palace Museum.  In the form of a gourd, the silver ewer has a pagoda-shape cover and a long spout decorated with a dragon extending from the lower segment of the gourd. Its cover is embossed with many lotus. The body of the gourd is incised with three sets of patterns from the top to the bottom. Each features a larger gilded stylized lotus surrounded by... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2017

Gold Tea Bowl with Characters for Longevity and Happiness, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Gold Tea Bowl with Characters for Longevity and Happiness, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Gold, height: 6 cm, mouth diameter: 9.5 cm, foot diameter: 5.1 cm © The Palace Museum.  The tea bowl is made of a metal alloy that is eighty percent pure gold. Both the exterior lip and the foot ring are rimmed with meandering patterns. The stomach is incised with four medallion characters for longevity (shou) and four double happiness (xi) characters. The area above the foot ring is decorated with a circle of lotus. The foot bears... [Lire la suite]