18 novembre 2013

An Imperial Canton enamel ‘Hundred Boys’ snuff bottle, Seal mark and period of Jiaqing.

An Imperial Canton enamel ‘Hundred Boys’ snuff bottle, Seal mark and period of Jiaqing. Photo courtesy Sotheby's 5.4 cm., 2 1/8 in. Estimation 450,000 — 600,000 HKDProvenance: Christie’s London, 16th November 1998, lot 251.Litterature: Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol. 6, Hong Kong, 2007, no. 1138.Sotheby's. Snuff Bottles from the Mary & George Bloch Collection: Part VII. Hong Kong | 26 nov. 2013, 11:00 AM - www.sothebys.com

16 novembre 2013

A very rare metal-mounted painted soapstone 'Liu Hai' snuff box and cover, Qianlong, probably circa 1750

A very rare metal-mounted painted soapstone 'Liu Hai' snuff box and cover, Qianlong, probably circa 1750. Photo courtesy Bonhams The cover carved with the Daoist God of Wealth and Prosperity subduing the three-legged frog, wearing loose robes incised at the hems, his left hand holding a pearl and right dangling a string of coins seducing the mythical creature, the stone of beige tone with traces of green and pink pigment remaining. 5.7cm wide; 6.5cm deep; 3.1cm high. Estimate HK$ 95,000 - 115,000 (€9,100... [Lire la suite]
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16 novembre 2013

A fine and very rare relief-decorated silver-mounted gilt-bronze 'European subject' ruyi-head-shaped snuff box

A fine and very rare relief-decorated silver-mounted gilt-bronze 'European subject' ruyi-head-shaped snuff box, First half of the 18th century. Photo courtesy Bonhams Elegantly cast in the form of a ruyi-head, one side featuring a metallic-embossed figure of an European lady wearing loose clothing and hair neatly tied in coiffure using a floral wreath, her left hand raised with an exotic bird perched with wings extended, an European gentleman admiring her from the right; the other side showing a farmer working in the... [Lire la suite]
16 novembre 2013

A very fine and rare embellished silver and gilt-metal oval 'European landscape' snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1740-1780

A very fine and rare embellished silver and gilt-metal oval 'European landscape' snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1740-1780. Photo courtesy Bonhams The oval container with straight sides rising to a gently domed cover, repoussé with a gold and silver-highlighted European landscape scene of animals and structures by the river amidst trees and shrubs and below distant rocky mountains, framed within a band of ruby paste-bead embellishments, the sides with a continuous band reserved with four cartouches depicting... [Lire la suite]
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16 novembre 2013

A rare gilt-bronze and famille-rose turquoise-ground porcelain 'lady's-shoe' snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1750-1770

A rare gilt-bronze and famille-rose turquoise-ground porcelain 'lady's-shoe' snuff box and cover Qianlong, circa 1750-1770. Photo courtesy Bonhams Moulded in the form of a shoe with a buckle at the front, standing upright on a large heel extending to a pointed tip at the toe cap, decorated all around with floral sprays enamelled in vivid tones of red, puce, green and yellow. 9.6cm wide; 3.5cm deep; 6.2cm high. Estimate HK$70,000 - 90,000 (€6,700 - 8,600) See W.Sargent, The Copeland Collection: Chinese... [Lire la suite]
16 novembre 2013

A very rare embellished silver-gilt and enamel 'longevity' peach-shaped box and cover. Late Qianlong-Jiaqing

A very rare embellished silver-gilt and enamel 'longevity' peach-shaped box and cover. Late Qianlong-Jiaqing, two impressed Chinese maker's marks. Photo courtesy Bonhams Naturalistically worked in three horizontal sections in the form of a flattened peach, the cover with leafy tree branches issuing peaches and flowers inset with rock crystal, red and blue embellishments including rubies, sapphires and paste beads, the lower two layers opening on opposite sides to reveal a pair of hidden 'butterfly doors' compartments in... [Lire la suite]
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16 novembre 2013

Bonhams presents the right snuff: The Speelman Collection of Chinese 'Imperial Tribute' Snuff Boxes

A very fine and rare hardstone-mounted gilt-bronze 'auspicious peaches and bats' oval snuff box and cover, Qianlong, circa 1740-1770. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.  HONG KONG.- Elaborate snuff boxes will be offered at The Speelman Collection of Chinese ‘Imperial Tribute’ Snuff Boxes sale to be held at 1pm on 24 November at the Island Ballroom of the Island Shangri-La Hotel.  In 18th century Europe, every socially prominent gentleman (and many ladies) enjoyed the occasional pinch of snuff, the ground tobacco providing an... [Lire la suite]
10 novembre 2013

Finial of Hat with Ruby Inlay, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Finial of Hat with Ruby Inlay, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Gilt copper, ruby, and kingfisher feathers. National Palace Museum Collection
10 novembre 2013

Gold Hat Finial. Forbidden City

Gold Hat Finial. Forbidden City This dragon shaped gold hat finial, inlaid with pearls, dates to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).
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09 novembre 2013

Chinese carved coral Guan Yin sculpture sells for $66,550 at Elite Decorative Arts

Antique Qing Dynasty period Chinese hand-carved red coral sculpture depicting four Guan Yin ($66,550).  BOYNTON BEACH, FLA.- A Chinese hand-carved red coral sculpture of four Guan Yin (Buddhist deities of mercy and compassion) from the Qing Dynasty, and a Chinese hand-carved red coral group figure depicting two Guan Yin with flowers throughout, each knocked down for $66,550 to share top lot honors at Elite Decorative Arts’ Nov. 2nd auction in Florida.  The sale – featuring 370 lots (300 of which met or exceeded their... [Lire la suite]