02 mai 2018

An agate 'shou vase' recumbent chimera, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Lot 365. An agate 'shou vase' recumbent chimera, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 16cm high. Estimate HK$40,000 - 60,000. Sold for HK$ 437,500 (€ 46,149). © Bonhams 2001-2018   Its elongated neck with head turned right looking backwards, with a single horn and flowing mane at the back of the head, the muscular body wearing a cloud-scroll-design cloth saddle and surmounted by a baluster vase with chi dragon handles, each side decorated with a shou character medallion encircled... [Lire la suite]

02 mai 2018

A large amber 'finger citron' snuff bottle, Mid Qing dynasty

Lot 364. A large amber 'finger citron' snuff bottle, Mid Qing dynasty; 11.3cm high. Estimate HK$45,000 - 60,000. Sold for HK$ 175,000 (€ 18,459). © Bonhams 2001-2018  The auspicious Buddha's finger citron carved issuing from gnarled leafy branches, with two bats feeding on the succulent fruit. Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 24 Nov 2013, 14:00 HKT, HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY
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02 avril 2018

A rare bone ceremonial spatula, Shang dynasty (c.1600-1046 BC)

Lot 3007. A rare bone ceremonial spatula, Shang dynasty (c.1600-1046 BC); 30.9 cm, 12 1/8  in. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 375,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 the elongated shaft with a waisted outline accentuated with flaring upper and lower edges, the convex side divided into four registers enclosing taotie masks above a pendent cicada blade border, the carved design extending onto the gently concave reverse, traces of red pigment. ... [Lire la suite]
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02 avril 2018

An ivory incense holder, Early Qing dynasty

Lot 3080. An ivory incense holder, Early Qing dynasty; 7.6 cm, 3 in. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 HKD. Lot sold 600,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018 of quatrelobed form, the walls of the vessel skilfully carved in the form of four overlapping petals with an outline of bracket foliations, all supported on four short feet and enclosing a central hollow cylinder, the patina of a creamy beige colour. Exhibited: Gerald Tsang and Hugh Moss, Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Fung Ping... [Lire la suite]
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22 mars 2018

An extremely rare gold filigree 'Phoenix' finial for an imperial concubine court hat, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 552. An extremely rare gold filigree 'Phoenix' finial for an imperial concubine court hat, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Height 5 3/4  in., 14.6 cm. Estimate $60,000 — 80,000. Sold for $471,000. Courtesy Sotheby’s. the brilliant and intricately worked gold wires forming a multi-tier ornament of two phoenix stacked over a domed base along a vertical axis, the base with eight pendent lobes each with a ruyi-form edge and one of the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems' applied to the surface, surmounted by... [Lire la suite]
06 mars 2018

Michael C. Hughes LLC at Asia Week New York, 15-24 march 2018

The Metropolitan Meiping: A Rare Sgraffito Cizhou Vase, Meiping, Jin-Yuan Dynasty, 12-13th century. Height: 15 3/8 inches © Michael C. Hughes LLC An Imperial Blue and White Two-Handled Bombe Censer, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing six-character mark and of the period (1522-1566). Approx. 9 inches across handles. © Michael C. Hughes LLC Painted on each side with confronted five-clawed dragons contesting a central flaming pearl above breaking waves and rockwork, the spreading foot with scrolling... [Lire la suite]

04 mars 2018

A fine and rare Repousse Parcel-Gilt Silver Bowl, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Lot 8036. A fine and rare Repousse Parcel-Gilt Silver Bowl, Tang Dynasty (618-907); 8 1/2in (21.5cm) diameter. Estimate US$ 80,000 - 120,000 (€ 65,000 - 97,000). Sold for US$ 87,500 (€ 71,045). © Bonhams 2001-2018 Finely worked in repousse with steep, quatrelobed sides, the rim interior banded and gilt with a continuous leafy scroll pattern about the central well enclosed by a band of overlapping 'peacock feathers' surrounding a fierce coiled makara in repousse chasing a flaming pearl amid stylized... [Lire la suite]
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11 février 2018

A fine silver circular box and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 172. A fine silver circular box and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907). Diameter 1 3/4  in., 4.5 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 25,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2014 engraved on both sides with an eight-petal flower-head at the center, encircled by eight arrangements of scrolling vine, the straight narrow sides with detached florets, all on a densely ring-matted ground. Provenance: Old Japanese collection, circa 1980. Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics &... [Lire la suite]
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10 février 2018

A small turquoise-inlaid gold applique, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)

Lot 39. A small turquoise-inlaid gold applique, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). Estimate 1,500 — 2,000 GBP. Lot sold 26,900 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 cut out of thin gold sheet and finely embellished with granular work depicting an immortal sitting astride a ferocious beast against a plain gold background, the eye of the beast inlaid with turquoise, 3.3cm., 1 3/8 in. WEIGHT 2g., together with a small openwork gold plaque similarly decorated with a central figure framed... [Lire la suite]
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10 février 2018

A very rare turquoise-inlaid miniature gold vase, Han dynasty-Six Dynasties

Lot 38. A very rare turquoise-inlaid miniature gold vase, Han dynasty-Six Dynasties; 4cm., 1 1/2 in. Weight 10g. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 60,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 worked in the form of a hu-shaped vase, the body, neck and everted foot elaborately decorated with a finely applied pattern of volutes, lozenges and scrolls formed of gold wire edged with granulation, interspersed with teardrop-shaped cloisons for inlay with some... [Lire la suite]