11 septembre 2016

A carved amber snuff bottle, 1760-1860

Lot 581. A carved amber snuff bottle, 1760-1860. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016 The bottle is carved in the form of a recumbent water buffalo with the legs tucked beneath the body. A small boy climbs on the buffalo's back, with one hand grasping a horn and the other resting on the buffalo's side. 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm.) long, glass stopper Provenance: Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2012.Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5387. ... [Lire la suite]

09 septembre 2016

Gisèle Croës - Art d'Extrême Orient à la Biennale des Antiquaires 2016

Archaic bronze vessel, Gu - Shang dynasty (1600-­-1050 BC), Anyang culture (1300-­-1050 BC), 12th-11th Century BC. Bronze with green patina, malachite encrustation - Ht 31 cm (12 1/4 in.) Pictogram inside the foot - X-ray ©studio Roger Asselberghs - Frédéric Dehaen Bronze bell, Nao - Late Shang dynasty (circa 1600-1050 BC). Bronze with green and blue patina, malachite and azurite encrustation - Ht 57,4 cm (22 10/16 in.). Microanalysis ASA - Provenance: Swiss private collection. ©studio Roger Asselberghs - Frédéric Dehaen... [Lire la suite]
08 septembre 2016

Freeman's begins fall auction season with Asian arts sale on September 10

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman's will kick off its fall auction season with Asian Arts on September 10. Boasting an eclectic assemblage of Chinese and East Asian art ranging from China’s bronze age into the 21st century, this sale coincides with Asia Week New York, which starts on September 9. Featured in the auction are a rare Imperial Chinese hunting knife with enameled gold and silver sheath of the Qianlong period, an important Chinese hardstone-embellished huanghuali seal chest, and a rare Chinese cloisonné enamel square... [Lire la suite]
07 septembre 2016

Sotheby's Hong Kong to offer a highly important imperial Khotan-green jade seal

A Massive and Magnificent Imperial Khotan Jade ‘Taishang Huangdi zhi Bao’ Seal, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period. Height 11 cm / Length 12.8 cm / Depth 12.8 cm. Est. HK$80 – 120 million / US$10 – 15 million. Photo: Sotheby's. HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales 2016 will take place on 5 October at Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Autumn sales this year will be led by a highly important Imperial Khotan-green Jade ‘Taishang Huangdi zhi Bao’ Seal. Other highlights... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2016

Exhibition in Barcelona presents 126 artefacts from the impressive collections of the Nanjing Museum

Lidded vase in underglaze red, from the tomb of Princess Ancheng, 1384–1443. © Nanjing Museum BARCELONA.- “Great brilliance”. This is the meaning of the Chinese expression Da Ming, the name of the dynasty that ruled China for nearly three centuries. From 1368 to 1644, sixteen Ming emperors governed a population that rose from 65 million to nearly 175 million over the period, one that also saw the rise of a complex imperial system, the growth of social structures and a boom in the economy and in consumer culture. This long,... [Lire la suite]
27 août 2016

A gilt copper alloy funerary mask, Liao dynasty

Lot 6015. A gilt copper alloy funerary mask, Liao dynasty. Estimate US$10,000 - 15,000 (€8,900 - 13,000). Unsold. Photo: Bonhams. Hammered from a thin copper, tin and silver alloy sheet and realistically modeled with thin, sunken eyes, wide brows setting off a long triangular nose and small mouth accenting the broad cheeks and long crescent ears, the surface covered with earthen encrustation. 7 1/4in (18.4cm) high; 8 1/8in (20.7cm) wide Provenance: Sloan's, September 1998, lot 620.  On... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2016

A chased and cast silver cup with gilt highlights, 10th-12th century

Lot 6013. A chased and cast silver cup with gilt highlights, 10th-12th century. Estimate US$10,000 - 15,000 (€8,900 - 13,000). Photo: Bonhams. Of inverted bell form raised on a low foot and flat base, the interior rim chased with a narrow band of overlapping petals or waves and the exterior walls engraved with a wider band of two garden rocks that separate peony branches in bloom against a minutely ring-punched ground, the surfaces showing traces of gilt. 2 3/8in (6cm) diameter; 1 7/16in (3.6cm)... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2016

A rare gilt silver head ornament in the form of a phoenix, 9th-11th century

Lot 6006. A rare gilt silver head ornament in the form of a phoenix, 9th-11th century. Estimate US$ 10,000 - 15,000 (€8,900 - 13,000). Photo: Bonhams. The finely modeled crested bird with chased hollow body set off by a high crested tail and separately fashioned openwork wings attached through the body and pierced with two small holes at each tip suspending pendant chains, a further cluster of ornaments and chains falling from the slender beak, the small legs inserted through a bed of delicately fashioned layers of... [Lire la suite]
26 août 2016

A fine and rare gold cast ornamental plaque, Warring States Period (481 BC-403 BC)

Lot 6003. A fine and rare gold cast ornamental plaque, Warring States Period (481 BC-403 BC); 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 3 1/8in (2 x 7 x 8cm) 124 grams. Estimate US$ 30,000 - 50,000 (€27,000 - 44,000). Sold for US$ 56,250 (€ 45,025). Photo: Bonhams. Intricately cast and detailed, the plaque centered with a pair of intertwined creatures with scaly bodies supported on two hollow struts rising out of further intertwined bodies issuing composite heads or groups of heads on eight other hollow struts, the reverse showing concave... [Lire la suite]
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21 août 2016

A blue and white jar and cover, Kangxi period (1662-1722

Lot 850. A blue and white jar and cover, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. The exterior is decorated with three Buddhist lions playing with brocade balls all below the neck decorated with beribboned emblems. The affixed cover is decorated with cranes amidst clouds and further emblems. 16 ¼ in. (41.2 cm.) high Provenance: Dorothea Wolff Collection.Mrs. Lewis S. Wolff Collection.The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accessioned in 1922. ... [Lire la suite]