10 février 2018

A very rare turquoise-inlaid miniature gold vase, Han dynasty-Six Dynasties

Lot 38. A very rare turquoise-inlaid miniature gold vase, Han dynasty-Six Dynasties; 4cm., 1 1/2 in. Weight 10g. Estimate 2,000 — 3,000 GBP. Lot sold 60,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 worked in the form of a hu-shaped vase, the body, neck and everted foot elaborately decorated with a finely applied pattern of volutes, lozenges and scrolls formed of gold wire edged with granulation, interspersed with teardrop-shaped cloisons for inlay with some... [Lire la suite]

10 février 2018

A gold sheet fitting, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)

Lot 36. A gold sheet fitting, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE); 8.5 by 3.3cm., 3 3/8 by 1 1/4 in. Weight 1.4g. Estimate 1,000 — 1,500 GBP. Lot sold 2,250 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 of fragmentary rectangular shape, the thin gold sheet covered with a dense design of finely beaded volute and cloud scrolls from which a figure emerges standing with arms raised and reaching out, all rendered in fine lines edged with minute beading. Exhibited: Chinese Gold and Silver in the... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2018

A very rare gold-inlaid iron mirror, Late Eastern Han dynasty-Early Six dynasties period

Lot 34. A very rare gold-inlaid iron mirror, Late Eastern Han dynasty-Early Six dynasties period; 17.5cm., 6 7/8 in. Weight 412g. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 90,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 the large mirror of flat circular shape, the decoration in the form of a partially cut-out thin circular gold sheet laid onto the reverse and depicting two central figures positioned at the opposite ends of a central axis, each seated on a throne supported by a lotus... [Lire la suite]
09 février 2018

A fine and unusual silver garment-hook, Six Dynasties (220-589) or earlier

Lot 33. A fine and unusual silver garment-hook, Six Dynasties (220-589) or earlier; 3.9cm., 1 1/2 in. Weight 74,5g. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot sold 24,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 the heavy silver mount superbly cast in the shape of a lizard-like creature, realistically portrayed crouching on the button with sharp-clawed feet, the face with a fierce expression, the small expressive eyes below a thick mane swept back and revealing a pair of horns, the body... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2018

An Ordos silver garment-hook, Eastern Zhou, 6th-4th century BC

Lot 32. An Ordos silver garment-hook, Eastern Zhou, 6th-4th century BC; 19.5cm., 7 5/8 in. Weight 74,5g. Estimate 1,000 — 1,500 GBP. Lot sold 4,375 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 the large body worked in repousse in the shape of a crouching beast, the legs partly hidden underneath the body, the head lifted and ears raised, the tail tapering and forming the hook, the reverse with a small button. Exhibited: Musee Cernuschi, Paris, November 1938 Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2018

An unusual Ordos gold harness fitting, 6th-4th century BC

Lot 31. An unusual Ordos gold harness fitting, 6th-4th century BC; 7.4cm., 3 7/8 in. Weight 42g. Estimate 1,200 — 2,000 GBP. Lot sold 31,700 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 cast as four stylised animal heads issuing from a zoomorphic body and forming a taotie-mask with a pair of raised bosses flanking a central flange. Exhibited: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1954-55, cat. no.33. Literature: Gyllensvärd, Stockholm, 1953, pl. 33. Ulricehamn, 1999, pl. 31. Sotheby's.... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2018

An unusual Ordos silver harness fitting, 6th-4th century BC

Lot 30. An unusual Ordos silver harness fitting, 6th-4th century BC; 5.4cm., 2 1/8 in. Weight 23g. Estimate 1,200 — 2,000 GBP. Lot sold 6,875 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008 rendered in the form of the stylised head of a feline, the slanting eyes mirroring long pointed ears, a cloud spiral issuring from its mouth, a square four-sided loop at the back for attachment. Exhibited: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1954-55, cat. no.86. Literature:  ... [Lire la suite]
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07 février 2018

A carved ivory 'Phoenix' brushpot, 17th century

Lot 258. A carved ivory 'Phoenix' brushpot, 17th century; 14.2 cm, 5 9/16  in. Estimate 1,000 — 1,500 GBP. Lot sold 5,625 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2017. with a slightly curved cylindrical body, the exterior carved in low relief with a continuous scene depicting two phoenix soaring with folded and outstretched wings respectively above large craggy rockwork and blossoming peonies, the tranquil setting arboured with bamboo shoots, lingzhi and pine trees.  Sotheby's.... [Lire la suite]
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02 février 2018

Blue and white moon flask, Ming Dynasty, early 15th Century

Blue and white moon flask, Ming Dynasty, early 15th Century. White porcelain, 12 3/4 × 8 3/4 × 5 5/8 in. (32.4 × 22.2 × 14.3 cm). Gift of Ira and Nancy Koger, 2001; SN11122.64. © The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
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31 janvier 2018

A very important and magnificent Imperial pearl court necklace (chao zhu), Qing dynasty, 18th century

Lot 1813. A very important and magnificent Imperial pearl court necklace (chao zhu), Qing dynasty, 18th century; diameter 134 cm., 52 3/4 in. weight: 330 g. pearl diameter 9.60 - 10.65 mm. Estimate 8,000,000 — 12,000,000 HKD. Lot sold 67,860,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2010. consisting of a strand of 108 freshwater Eastern pearls divided into groups of twenty-seven by four fotou (Buddha heads') large coral beads flanked by pairs of lapis-lazuli, the foutou at the... [Lire la suite]