29 août 2018

A gold filigree pendant, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 239. A gold filigree pendant, Song dynasty (960-1279). Length 3 3/4  in., 9.5 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Sold Price: 37,500 USD. © Sotheby's 2018. of tear-drop form, the plaque with an intricate openwork floral meander of lotus blossoms issuing from a sinuous, leafing stem enclosed within a punched border of foliate scrollwork. Note: This type of pendant was a popular luxury item and most often used with two halves joined together forming a container that served as a pomander for elite... [Lire la suite]
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18 août 2018

Empresses of China's Forbidden City makes U.S. debut at Peabody Essex Museum

Ritual space in the Main Hall of the Palace of Longevity and Health. Courtesy of the Palace Museum, Beijing. © The Palace Museum SALEM, MASS.- The Peabody Essex Museum debuts Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, the first major international exhibition to explore the role of empresses in China’s last dynasty––the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular works, including imperial portraits, jewelry, garments, Buddhist sculptures, and decorative art objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing (known as the... [Lire la suite]
15 août 2018

Funerary Mask, Liao dynasty, Late 10th - early 12th century, Silver

Funerary Mask, Liao dynasty, Late 10th - early 12th century, Silver, 8 3/4 × 8 3/8 inches (22.2 × 21.3 cm), Purchased with funds contributed by Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, 2012 (2012-53-1). © 2018 Philadelphia Museum of Art This mask depicts the serene face of a male who was part of the Khitan tribe, a people who ruled north China over a thousand years ago, during the Liao dynasty (907–1125). Placing a metal mask on the face of the deceased was a unique tradition of the nomadic Khitan; they buried their high-ranking men and... [Lire la suite]
15 août 2018

Copper funerary mask, China, Liao dynasty, 10th–11th century

Copper funerary mask, China, Liao dynasty, 10th–11th century. Length: 9 3/4 inches, 25 cm. Width: 9 inches, 23 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art A copper funerary mask representing a human face, worked in the repoussé technique with strong, naturalistically portrayed features and a serene expression. The half-shut eyes are set below pronounced, arched eyebrows that are engraved with finely hatched lines. The face has high cheekbones and a straight, broad nose set above a full-lipped mouth. Two prominent, well... [Lire la suite]
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15 août 2018

Silver funerary mask, China, Liao dynasty, 10th-11th century

Silver funerary mask, China, Liao dynasty, 10th-11th century. Length: 8 3/8 inches, 21.2 cm. Width: 9 1/8 inches, 23.1 cm. © Ben Janssens Oriental Art A silver funerary mask depicting a human face, worked in repoussé technique with strong, naturalistically portrayed features and a demure expression. The heavy-lidded eyes are shut and set below pronounced, arched eyebrows that are engraved with fine lines in parallel. The face has high cheekbones and a straight, broad nose set above a full-lipped, well-defined mouth.... [Lire la suite]
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15 août 2018

Masque funéraire, dynastie Liao (907/916-1125)

Masque funéraire, dynastie Liao (907/916-1125), argent, 22 x 16 cm, musée Guimet - musée national des Arts asiatiques, MA2352. Photo (C) MNAAG, Paris, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Yves et Nicolas Dubois
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03 août 2018

A Glimpse of Tsui's Collection (Phase 2) at Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Jade Goose with Prunus, Mid Qing dynasty, Collection of The Tsui Art Foundation. Co-operating with The Tsui Art Foundation, the Heritage Museum has selected outstanding items from the Foundation's collection to share the late Dr T.T. Tsui's interests and tastes for public appreciation. Phase one features a painting album by Huang Yongyu and seven ceramics depicted in the album. Phase two features fine works of the applied arts. Foremost among them are two complete sets of porcelain Month Cups made in the imperial kiln... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2018

Two silver stem cups, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 137. Two silver stem cups, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907). Heights 2 3/8  in., 6 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot sold 20,000 USD. Photo Sotheby’s. each with an everted rim, supported on a short spreading foot, one finely chased on the exterior with pointed arches enclosing birds and animals, separated by a beaded edge from shaped panels enclosing scrolling foliage, details picked out in gilt, all against a fine ring-punched ground; the other unadorned except for a fold... [Lire la suite]
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01 août 2018

A parcel-gilt silver cushion-form box and cover, China, Ming-Qing dynasty (1368-1911)

Lot 738. A parcel-gilt silver cushion-form box and cover, China, Ming-Qing dynasty (1368-1911); 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) diameter, 524 g. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 47,500 © Christie's Images Ltd 2015. The cover chased with a ferocious front-facing dragon within a medallion enclosed by cartouches of beasts and mythical birds, the box with the eight Buddhist emblems around the sides above a lappet band, and a central medallion of curling leaves on the base, the raised... [Lire la suite]
01 août 2018

A small silver barrel-form box and cover, Song-Yuan dynasty, 12th-13th century

Lot 737. A small silver barrel-form box and cover, Song-Yuan dynasty, 12th-13th century; 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm.) diameter at widest, 79 g. Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000. Price realised USD 3,250 © Christie's Images Ltd 2015. Engraved around the sides with stylized lotus in quatrefoil panels set against a ground of leafy scroll, the top and underside with a six-pointed star motif with wavy lines, part of a copper coin adhered to the base, box. Christie's. The Collection of Robert... [Lire la suite]