16 janvier 2017

Blue-and-White Jar of guan shape, Jiajing mark and period (1522-1566) , Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644)

Blue-and-White Jar of guan shape, Jiajing mark and period (1522-1566) , Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644). Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Porcelain with cobalt under colorless glaze. Purchase. Accession Number: F1962.16. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery © 2014 Smithsonian Institution

09 janvier 2017

A pair of gold pillow ends, Ming dynasty, Xuande reign (1425-1435)

A pair of gold pillow ends, Ming dynasty, Xuande reign (1425-1435). 18.3 x 14.6 cm. British Museum, 1949,1213.1-2 © Trustees of the British Museum decorated with two dragons and a flaming pearl among clouds. Two rows of inlaid semi-precious stones frame the dragons. Both plaques are pierced around the edge for attachment to a pillow. Worked in relief with chased detail and openwork, and inlaid with semi-precious stones.  Notes: The plaques are pierced around the edge for attachment to a robe, probably... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2017

Gold head-dress, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Gold head-dress, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Height: 4 inches (circa). British Museum, 1938,0524.247 © Trustees of the British Museum
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09 janvier 2017

Square Bottle with Landscapes, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), late Wanli period (1578–1620)

Square Bottle with Landscapes, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), late Wanli period (1578–1620). Porcelain painted in underglaze blue. 26.0 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm (10 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 in.). Oriental Purchase Fund, 1999.251. The Art Institute of Chicago ©2015 The Art Institute of Chicago.
08 janvier 2017

An imperial coral carving of a dragon, Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 3655. An imperial coral carving of a dragon, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD. Lot sold 750,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's. intricately carved in the round as a scaly dragon writhing sinuously amist ruyi-shaped cloud swirls, its ferocious expression depicted with bulging eyes and an open mouth revealing its tongue, its back carved with tumultuous cresting waves, wood stand - 20.3 cm., 8 in. Note: Coral carvings of figures and animals, designed as... [Lire la suite]
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08 janvier 2017

A rare agate 'double ram' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 3769. A rare agate 'double ram' cup, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Estimate 700,000 — 900,000 HKD. Lot sold 875,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  naturalistically carved and skilfully hollowed to the interior in the form of a recumbent ram with its head turned backwards, its young resting by its side whilst suspending a sprig in its mouth, both animals detailed with ruyi-shaped tails, the opaque stone of a variegated warm amber tone, wood stand - 9.6 cm., 3 3/4 ... [Lire la suite]

08 janvier 2017

A rare agate cup, Incised seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

Lot 3774. A rare agate cup, Incised seal mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735). Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,060,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.  the exquisite caramel and golden-yellow material highlighted with attractive darker-brown veins, superbly carved with delicate sides rising steeply from a short splayed foot, the countersunk base incised with a four-character seal mark - 10.7 cm., 4 1/4  in. Provenance: An old Scottish collection. Note: A... [Lire la suite]
03 janvier 2017

Container in the shape of a Buddha’s hand, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 18th century

Container in the shape of a Buddha’s hand, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 18th century. Amethyst. H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); L. 8 in. (20.3 cm). Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902, 02.18.853 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
02 janvier 2017

CaixaForum Barcelona presents "Ming. The Golden Empire"

Lidded vase in underglaze red, from the tomb of Princess Ancheng, 1384–1443. © Nanjing Museum BARCELONA.- CaixaForum Barcelona is presenting Ming. The Golden Empire, an exhibition devoted to art and culture from one of the most iconic periods in Chinese history, renowned for its artistic, social and economic advances.  The purpose behind the exhibitions that ”la Caixa” Foundation has dedicated over the years to the great cultures of the past is to enable audiences to discover ways in which men and women from... [Lire la suite]
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14 décembre 2016

Tastemakers of ancient China explored in Nelson-Atkins exhibition

KANSAS CITY, MO.- A new exhibition offers visitors a rare chance to view fragile treasures, some of which have not been seen in decades, from the internationally-acclaimed Chinese collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Emperors, Scholars, and Temples: Tastemakers of China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties, explores the art of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties from the perspectives of the three groups that were most influential in its production. The free exhibition gives insights into... [Lire la suite]