21 août 2019

Song-Ming Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY

Lot 567. A pair of miniature gold duck-shaped ornaments, Song-Ming dynasty (960-1644). Duck-shaped ornaments 7/8 in. x 5/8 in. (2.3 x 1.6 cm.), bird ornament 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm.) long; duck-shaped ornaments total weight 3.2 g. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. Each ornament is in the shape of a small duck sitting on a separately-made rectangular lotus leaf with curled edges; together with a miniature filigree bird-form ornament, Ming-Qing dynasty (1368-1911).  ... [Lire la suite]

21 août 2019

Yuan Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY 12 September 2019

Lot 571. A very rare gold 'dragon'-handled cup, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); 4 3/8 in. (11.2 cm.) wide; weight 72.1 g. Estimate USD 600,000 - USD 800,000. Price realised USD 2,535,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The cup has a shallow bowl with rounded sides raised on a gently flared ring foot. The handle is exquisitely executed in repoussé from two gold sheets as a dragon head suspending a loose ring from its clenched jaws. The cup is chased with a narrow band of foliate scroll below the... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2019

A silver flanged cup, Jin-Yuan dynasty, 12th-13th century

Lot 583. A silver flanged cup, Jin-Yuan dynasty, 12th-13th century; 4 in. (10.2 cm.) wide; weight 50 g. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 25,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The shallow cup is decorated on the interior with a single lotus flower, and has a flat, flange-like handle decorated in repoussé stippling with foliate scroll projecting from the rim on one side. Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no. CK136.Sotheby's London, Masterpieces of... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2019

Song-Yuan Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY

Lot 566. A rare double scabbard and knives, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 10th-14th century; 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) long; weight 76 g. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The handles of the iron knives are embellished with finely chased gold sheet decorated with foliate scrolls and inlaid with small turquoise cabochons. Both scabbards are of slightly different length and attached to each other on one side. Each is made of wood and reinforced with gold and silver sheets decorated... [Lire la suite]
20 août 2019

Song Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY

Lot 570. A fine and very rare gold dish, Song dynasty (960-1279); 5 ¼ in. (13.5 cm.) diam.; weight 103 g. Estimate USD 300,000 - USD 500,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The circular dish is chased in the center with a dense, elegant design of two leafy, S-shaped stems, each bearing a large blossom, and the flat, everted rim is chased with a band of 'cash' pattern below the rolled edge. Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no. 52.Sotheby's... [Lire la suite]
19 août 2019

10th century & Liao Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY

  Lot 576. A rare gold 'kalavinka' hairpin ornament, Liao dynasty (AD 907-1125); 2 in. (5.1 cm) wide; weight 6.1 g. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The front of the ornament is shaped in repoussé as a bejeweled kalavinka, its hands crossed in front of the chest as it floats amidst clouds. All of the outlines are beaded and it is soldered to a plain gold back.  Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no.... [Lire la suite]

18 août 2019

Tang Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY, 12 September 2019

Lot 527. A pair of parcel-gilt silver hairpins, Tang dynasty (618-907). Each 13 1/8 in. (33.2 cm.) long, total weight 42.8 g. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The openwork head of each hammered silver, double-pronged hairpin has a fine openwork design of a lion facing a small bird perched on top of a large feathered plume surrounded by scrolling tendrils, leather box. Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1954.Sotheby's... [Lire la suite]
17 août 2019

Han Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY, 12 September 2019

Lot 506. A rare gold plaque, Northeast China, 1st century BC-3rd century AD; 2 7/8 in. (7.4 cm.) wide; weight 41.6 g. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019. The plaque is shaped as four animal heads, projecting from the corners, with a highly abstract figure in the center, and further decorated with two raised oval bosses and cloisons. Provenance: Dr. Johan Carl Kempe (1884-1967) Collection, Sweden, before 1953, no. CK33.Sotheby's London, Masterpieces of Chinese Precious... [Lire la suite]
16 août 2019

A small parcel-gilt silver lobed circular box and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 180. A small parcel-gilt silver lobed circular box and cover, Tang dynasty (618-907); 1¾ in. (4 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 7,000. Price realised GBP 6,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010. The gently domed cover and base with two gilt birds surrounded by floral scrolls, the sides with small blooms borne on leafy scrolls, all reserved on a finely ring-punched ground. Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 11 May 2010
15 août 2019

Zhou Dynasty Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver from Dr. Johan Carl Kempe at Christie's NY, 12 September 2019

Johan Carl Kempe (8 December 1884 – 8 July 1967) at the Stockholm Olympics, 1912. Photo Swedish Olympic Committee. Formed by Dr. Johan Carl Kempe, a prominent collector of Chinese art, the sale is comprised of exquisite gold and silver objects from Ancient China, ranging in date from the Spring and Autumn Period (late 6th – early 5th century B.C) to the Qing period. The collection is particularly strong in gold and silver works dating from the Tang period, the zenith for works produced in this material. The... [Lire la suite]