16 décembre 2017

Jade and gold burial suit, finest to survive ancient China, featured in Nelson-Atkins exhibition

Life-Size Jade Burial Suit with Gold Thread, China, Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E.-9 C.E.). Excavated from the tomb of the King of Chu at Shizishan, Xuzhou in 1995. 69 x 26 13/16 inches. Collection of the Xuzhou Museum. KANSAS CITY, MO.- In ancient China, death was believed to be such a continuation of life that burial tombs were plotted as elaborate afterlife arenas, complete with large security forces made of clay, horse-drawn chariots, precious stones and jade figures. Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for... [Lire la suite]
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04 décembre 2017

A gilt-metal pearl and precious stone-inset necklace, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 3032. A gilt-metal pearl and precious stone-inset necklace, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 250,000. Price realised HKD 500,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017   The crescent-shaped front section is inset with two registers of coral, lapis lazuli, malachite separated by gilt ruyi pearl, turquoise, and coral beads, all attached to two dragon heads attached to a circular hinge inset with a pearl. The articulated terminals are fashioned with spiralling dragons... [Lire la suite]
11 novembre 2017

Sotheby's Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Sales to take place on 30 November and 1 December

A Fine Blue and White ‘Peach’ Moonflask, Seal mark and period of Qianlong. 24.3 cm Estimate: HK$1,800,000 - 2,500,000/US$230,000 - 320,000. Provenance: Collection of T.Y. Chao (1912-1999), and thence by descent in the family. Courtesy Sotheby's HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s will stage two mid-season sales of Chinese works of art at its Hong Kong Gallery: An Asian Collection of Jade Carvings (30 November) and Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection (30 November – 1... [Lire la suite]
08 novembre 2017

A coral, kingfisher feather and pearl-inset gilt metal torque, lingyue, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 57. A coral, kingfisher feather and pearl-inset gilt metal torque, lingyue, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000. Price realised GBP 93,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017. Its body is divided into six sections inset with coral divided by kingfisher feather and hardstone mounts, the terminals confronting spheres forming hinges attaching to the two pivoting front sections, the reverse chased with alternating panels enclosing flowers and butterflies and the Buddhist endless knot.... [Lire la suite]
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31 octobre 2017

A rare silver and gold kendi, Yuan-Ming dynasty (1279-1644)

Lot 50. A rare silver and gold kendi, Yuan-Ming dynasty (1279-1644). 6 1/4in (16cm) high. Estimate USD  8,000 - 12,000. Sold for US$ 10,000 (€8,592). Photo: Bonhams. The compressed globular silver body decorated with repousse ridges beneath an incised floral band encircling the base of the tall waisted neck with a flared flange surrounding the mouth, the ridged cup-form spout, mounted with a gold petal-decorated fitting and stopper connected to a chain, the domed gold cover decorated in repousse with... [Lire la suite]
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29 octobre 2017

A rare silver raft group, 17th Century

Lot 177. A rare silver raft group, 17th Century. 6 3/4 in., 17.2 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 12,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. cast in the form of a woman, boy and deer transported in a gnarled hollowed pine log raft, the seated lady sheltered by an overhanging branch and grasping a long lotus pod as a steering paddle, (stand). Quantité: 2. Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 1/3rd May 1994, lot 551.Sotheby's London, 6th June 1995, lot 75. Note: A bamboo root... [Lire la suite]
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28 octobre 2017

A Pair of silver foliate cups, Song Dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 170. A Pair of silver foliate cups, Song Dynasty  (960-1127). 4 1/4 in., 10.7 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 26,400 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's. each of hexafoil form with thin sides chased with petals delineated by wavy lines radiating out from a slightly raised prunus flowerhead in the center of the well, with further feathery leaves outlined with circle-punches, all supported on a slighly flared footring, the interior near the rim stamped with a maker's mark. Note: The... [Lire la suite]
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27 octobre 2017

Collection of Francis Golding (1944-2013) at Christie's London, 7 november 2017

Francis Nelson Golding, architectural, planning and conservation consultant: born Macclesfield 28 January 1944; Honorary Fellow, RIBA 2000; civil partner 2006 Dr Satish Padiyar; died London 7 November 2013. Francis Golding assembled this collection over the last forty years buying from reputable London dealers such as Bluett & Sons, John Sparks, and Spink & Son, and international auction houses including Sotheby's, Bonham's, and Christie’s. It comprises works that span over two thousand years of Chinese art and includes... [Lire la suite]
26 octobre 2017

A pair of large rhinoceros horn carvings, Qing Dynasty, 19th century

Lot 179. A pair of large rhinoceros horn carvings, Qing Dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 30,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's. each conforming to the shape of the horn, densely carved with lotus flowers and stalks intertwining to form the openwork stem, the base of the horn carved in the form of a cupped lotus leaf, the horn of golden honey color darkening at the tip, (2 carved wooden stands); length 22 1/2 in., 57 cm. Provenance: Robert Leroy Ripley of "Ripley's Believe... [Lire la suite]
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18 octobre 2017

One of Europe's biggest Asian art auctions to take place in Belgium

  On October 28 and 29, Belgian auction house Rob Michiels will present a large sale of Asian art from several private collections from around the world. With 1300 lots offered, it is one of the biggest Asian art sales Europe has seen this year. The auction will take place just before Asian Arts Week kicks off in London. The catalog contains several private collections from around the world showcasing a diverse range of pieces including: porcelain, paintings, sculptures, jade, ivory and other objets d'art from China and... [Lire la suite]